Dental Visits during Pregnancy: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Analysis 2012–2015

A new study published in JDR Clinical & Translational Research found the Black-white disparity and disparity among Medicaid-enrolled women in visiting dentists during pregnancy persist.

Oral health, the authors conclude, needs to be included in the standard prenatal care through oral health education and timely dental care during pregnancy. With mounting evidence of persisting disparities in dental service utilization during pregnancy, both public and private prenatal programs and policies should address specific barriers in accessing and using dental care during pregnancy, especially for women from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

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