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Oral health during pregnancy: current research.
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PMID:  16372888     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This report describes recent efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Oral Health, to understand more fully women's knowledge and attitudes regarding oral health and dental visits during pregnancy. Using data from the CDC Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), investigators are conducting both quantitative and qualitative research on these issues. PRAMS is an ongoing state-based and population-based surveillance survey of women's attitudes, experiences, and behaviors before, during, and after pregnancy. Findings have shown that most mothers did not make a dental visit during pregnancy, and of those who reported having oral problems, one-half did not seek care. Preliminary analysis of qualitative results shows that some women may believe that poor oral health status during pregnancy is normal; also, they may fear certain aspects of dental care during pregnancy. For example, some women may believe that they or their fetus could be harmed by treatment. If pregnancy modifies perceptions of oral health and dental care in women, it may contribute to women's avoidance of dental treatment while pregnant. Therefore, researchers and health program planners should give increased attention to the oral health needs and behaviors of pregnant women.
Jessamyn Ressler-Maerlender; Ranjitha Krishna; Valerie Robison
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of women's health (2002)     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1540-9996     ISO Abbreviation:  J Womens Health (Larchmt)     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-23     Completed Date:  2006-02-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101159262     Medline TA:  J Womens Health (Larchmt)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  880-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chamblee, Georgia 30329, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Maternal Behavior
Oral Health*
Oral Hygiene / methods,  psychology*,  statistics & numerical data*
Periodontal Diseases / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Population Surveillance
Pregnancy Complications / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Prenatal Care / methods,  standards
Risk Factors
United States / epidemiology

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