Exploring the Myths and Misconceptions about Oral Health and Pregnancy

CE Credits
1 hour

Despite the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) longstanding advocacy for routine dental care before and during pregnancy, there’s still a significant disconnect between the awareness and implementation of these recommendations in clinical practice. This gap in care can lead to suboptimal perinatal outcomes and overlooked oral health needs in pregnant patients.

Join CareQuest Institute and ACOG for a webinar — featuring a dentist and an OBGYN — that will explore the oral health-obstetrics connection and provide up-to-date information for treating patients who are pregnant. Our expert panel will discuss the bidirectional relationship between oral health and perinatal outcomes, the impact of the oral microbiome on the fetal microbiome, and the FDA's amalgam update.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the most recent guidelines for dental care in pregnant patients to clinical scenarios, integrating current research findings into treatment and care plans.
  • Analyze the factors contributing to the gap between current recommendations and clinical practice, including educational gaps and practitioner reluctance.
  • Evaluate strategies for enhancing collaboration between dental and obstetric professionals to improve perinatal outcomes.


Jane Grover, DDS, MPH, Senior Director Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention, American Dental Association


Hector Chapa, MD, FACOG, Assistant Clinical Professor, OBGYN, Texas A&M University, 2024-25 ACOG Fellow At Large, Texas A&M Health, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Elizabeth Vi Simpson, DMD, General Dentist, Chair of the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention for the American Dental Association, American Dental Association

This webinar will be recorded.




CareQuest Institute for Oral Health is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.       
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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health.

All participating instructors in this program have disclosed that they do not have any financial arrangement or affiliation with the listed persons or entity(ies) offering financial support, products, and/or services mentioned or related to the content of this program/activity.