Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement resulted from an expert workgroup meeting convened by the Health Resources and Services Administration in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Dental Association, and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center and held on October 18, 2011, in Washington, DC. The consensus statement provides guidance on oral health care for pregnant women for both prenatal care health professionals and oral health professionals, pharmacological considerations for pregnant women, and guidance for health professionals to share with pregnant women.
These periodic updates provide an overview of selected national and state activities.
- Promoting Oral Health During Pregnancy: Update on Activities—May 2017
- Promoting Oral Health During Pregnancy: Update on Activities—September 2016
- Promoting Oral Health During Pregnancy: Update on Activities—February 2016
- Promoting Oral Health During Pregnancy: Update on Activities—October 2015
- Promoting Oral Health During Pregnancy: Update on Activities—June 2015
- Promoting Oral Health During Pregnancy: Update on Activities—February 2015
These handouts are excerpted from the consensus statement as stand-alone PDF files for easy printing and sharing.
- Guidance for Oral Health Professionals
- Guidance for Prenatal Care Health Professionals
- Pharmacological Considerations for Pregnant Women
Tips for Good Oral Health During Pregnancy. Also available in
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women. 2013. Committee Opinion: Oral Health Care During Pregnancy and Through the Lifespan. Obstetrics and Gynecology 122:417–422.
- Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 2012. Perinatal Oral Health Policy Statement. Sparks, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.
- Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, Best Practices Committee. 2012. Best Practice Approach: Perinatal Oral Health. Sparks, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.
- Bertness J, Holt K, eds. 2012. Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A Resource Guide. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.
- Holt K, Barzel R, Clark M. 2009. Two Healthy Smiles: Tips to Keep You and Your Baby Healthy (also in Spanish). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.
- Insure Kids Now. 2013. Oral Health Education Materials.
- National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center. 2012. Improving the Oral Health of Pregnant Women and Young Children: Opportunities for Policymakers. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center.
- National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2012. Resource Highlights: Focus on Pregnancy. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center.
- DentaQuest Institute. 2013. DentaQuest Disease Management Series: Dental Caries Management–Perinatal (module 3). Westborough, MA: DentaQuest Institute.
- Douglass AB, Maier R, Deutchman M, Douglass JM, Gonsalves W, Silk H, Tysinger JW, Wrightson AS. 2010. Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum–Oral Health and the Pregnant Patient. Leawood, KS: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
- Quinonez RB, Boggess K. 2013. Prenatal Oral Health Program (pOHP). Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
- Rizzolo D, Sedrak M, Boardman M, Chiodo TA. 2012. Oral Health During Pregnancy: What the Practicing PA Needs to Know. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 25(12):54-57.
With funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration
*Online as of March 1, 2018, at https://www.mchoralhealth.org/materials/consensus_statement.php
The following ABOUT US is online at https://www.mchoralhealth.org/about/index.php
The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy, is to respond to the needs of professionals working in states and communities, with the goal of improving oral health services for pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, and their families (the maternal and child health (MCH) population). OHRC serves the MCH population by supporting health professionals, program administrators, educators, and others working in or with MCH programs. OHRC was founded 1996.
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Washington, DC 20057-1272
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
3300 Whitehaven Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Projects and Funding
Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement (COHSII)
The COHSII consortium promotes oral health knowledge and skills. The consortium works with key stakeholders to improve systems of care in support of a quality improvement, patient-centered approach to addresses the oral health needs of the MCH population. COHSII is led by OHRC working in collaboration with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the Dental Quality Alliance. COHSII is supported by a cooperative agreement (U44MC30806) from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW)
The NCECHW consortium provides education, technical assistance, and training to the Head Start and child care community. OHRC is the lead on oral health activities and is working in collaboration with ASTDD. NCECHW oral health activities also include supporting the dental hygienist liaison project, which serves as a communication link between NCECHW and Head Start and child care agencies. NCECHW is supported by a cooperative agreement (90HC0013) from the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, and MCHB, HRSA.