Routine dental treatment, such as cleanings and cavity fillings, reduces the chance of infection. Dental care during pregnancy can be done safely. However, many women, including those with private insurance, do not seek – and are not advised to seek – dental care during pregnancy. Many women mistakenly believe they should avoid dental care during pregnancy, and many dentists remain reluctant to treat pregnant women because they are unaware of the latest research and current guidelines, and/or fear liability issues. Only about one-quarter to one-half of women receive dental care during their pregnancies. The likelihood of low-income and uninsured women receiving such care is even lower.
It is important that oral healthcare providers recognize their role in ensuring good oral health during pregnancy. This includes providing anticipatory guidance, preventive services, and when needed, restorative treatment for pregnant women. Oral healthcare providers are encouraged to provide all needed dental services to pregnant women. Pregnancy is not a reason to defer routine dental care or treatment of oral health problems.