Poor oral care during pregnancy highlights the need for more interaction and efficiency

February 5th, 2014

Dental patients commonly assume that oral care best practices remain the same throughout life – i.e., brush your teeth a few times a day, floss and  don't eat too many sweets. However, the truth is quite the opposite.

The demands of dental hygiene change throughout a person's life and experiences. The care an infant demands is not necessarily the same as it is for a senior citizen or budding teenager. In a 2013 study from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, researchers echoed this sentiment, finding that approximately 40 percent of women during pregnancy develop some kind of periodontal disease, such as gingivitis. Even more surprising, nearly 60 percent of the women interviewed admitted to not having a single dentist visit during their pregnancy.

Patients, for certain, bare a fair a share of the blame, but dentists should also acknowledge their own fault in the matter. Keeping in contact with patients, educating them on the particulars of dental care, especially during something as sensitive as a pregnancy, is crucial to running an effective facility.

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