The Threat of Periodontal Disease in Pregnancy
Date & Time
Friday, October 9, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Casey Hein


  • Describe the evidence supporting a relationship between periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy 
  • Identify the risk factors preterm birth and preeclampsia 
  • Express patient-appropriate messages to educate women of child-bearing age about the importance of oral health and the potential impact of periodontal disease on pregnancy

It is well recognized that infection and inflammation is associated with a significant proportion of adverse pregnancy outcomes, and one of the most common sources of infection and inflammation is periodontitis. It’s been estimated that periodontal diseases, including gingivitis, affect 75% of pregnant women. Periodontal infection has been correlated with pregnancy complications such as preterm birth, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and delivery of small-for-gestational age. Oral healthcare providers who care for women of child-bearing age should be aware of the evidence that supports the possibility that periodontal infection may be a modifiable risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcomes. This case-based course empowers oral healthcare providers to incorporate into everyday patient care evidence of the relationship between periodontal disease and risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes.


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