Providing dental care to pregnant patients: a survey of Oregon general dentists.
ABSTRACT A growing number of studies and reports indicate preventive, routine and emergency dental procedures can be provided safely to pregnant patients to alleviate dental problems and promote oral health of mothers and children.
In 2006 and 2007, the authors conducted a survey of 1,604 general dentists in Oregon. The survey asked dentists about their attitudes, beliefs and practices regarding dental care for pregnant patients. The authors compared the responses with 2006 guidelines from a New York State Department of Health expert panel.
The response rate was 55.2 percent. Most respondents (91.7 percent) agreed that dental treatment should be part of prenatal care. Two-thirds of respondents (67.7 percent) were interested in receiving continuing dental education (CDE) regarding the care of pregnant patients. Comparisons of self-reported knowledge and practice with the aforementioned guidelines revealed several points of difference; the greatest regarded obtaining full-mouth radiographs, providing nitrous oxide, administering long-acting anesthetic injections and use of over-the-counter pain medications.
Dentists need pregnancy-specific education to provide up-to-date preventive and curative care to pregnant patients. The results of the study identified specific skills and misinformation that could be addressed through CDE.
Comprehensive dental care provided during pregnancy is needed to ensure the oral health of all women at risk of experiencing pregnancy-specific problems, as well as the prevention of early childhood caries.
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ABSTRACT: Pregnant patients are seen commonly in dental offices. However, the possible side effects of dental care on these patients can be misunderstood by both patients and dentists concerned. Therefore, it is important for dental interns, who work in almost every dental office, to know about dental management of pregnant women. A survey which consisted of 18 items, was conducted between December 2011 and March 2012 in different dental colleges in Saudi Arabia. The aim of the present study was to objectify dental interns’ knowledge of dental management of pregnant women. 152 dental interns responded to the survey (63.3%from the total). About 27% of dental interns in the study had never seen pregnant women in their clinic. The majority of dental interns see gingival inflammation the most oral manifestation in pregnant women(92.1%), and Amoxicillin being the most common antibiotic to be prescribed for pregnant women(96.1%). Regarding their dental school subjects which include managing pregnant women, (29.6%) of the dental interns described it as adequate, while (48%) said it was little helpful, and (22.4%) agreed that it was insufficient. However only (20.4%) look for more additional sources of information, while (14.5%) said they rarely do. This finding underscores the need to improve the knowledge and information of fundamentals of dental management of pregnant women. Improvement is needed to increase the awareness of dental interns in Saudi Arabia toward this kind of critical treatment.The Saudi Journal for Dental Research. 07/2014;
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ABSTRACT: Oral diseases can be prevented or improved with regular dental visits. Our objective was to assess and compare national estimates on self-reported oral health conditions and dental visits among pregnant women and nonpregnant women of childbearing age by using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).Preventing chronic disease 01/2014; 11:E163. · 1.82 Impact Factor
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