Oral Health in Pregnancy

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. Jul-Aug 2016;45(4):565-73. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.04.005. Epub 2016 Jun 6.


Oral health is crucial to overall health. Because of normal physiologic changes, pregnancy is a time of particular vulnerability in terms of oral health. Pregnant women and their providers need more knowledge about the many changes that occur in the oral cavity during pregnancy. In this article we describe the importance of the recognition, prevention, and treatment of oral health problems in pregnant women. We offer educational strategies that integrate interprofessional oral health competencies.

Keywords: gingivitis; oral health; periodontal disease; pregnancy; women's health care.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Dental Care / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Oral Health / standards*
  • Oral Hygiene / standards*
  • Periodontal Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control*
  • Primary Prevention