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California Dental Association Foundation Releases New Oral Health Guidelines for Pregnant Women
Date:3/15/2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Spotlighting the importance of oral health care for expectant mothers, the California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation has released new guidelines designed to emphasize the safety of dental treatment during pregnancy and ensure women the services they need.

The guidelines were developed by an expert panel of dental and medical professionals who met in 2009 to review scientific literature and new research on the treatment of oral diseases and pregnancy outcomes. The CDA Foundation undertook the project, in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District IX, to expand dental services to pregnant women and address misconceptions about the importance and safety of oral health during the perinatal period.

"Despite the multiple benefits of dental care for mothers and their babies, many women have nagging concerns about its safety during pregnancy," said Dr. Lindsey Robinson, chair of the CDA Foundation board. "We hope these guidelines put to rest some of those worries and make dental treatment a recognized staple of prenatal care."

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