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Dental Health During Pregnancy
May 22 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Research has shown a link between dental disease in pregnant women and premature births with low birth weights. An estimated 18 out of 100 premature births may be triggered by dental disease. In Latrobe Valley there are on average 2000 births per year and in 2018 only 93 women accessed public dental services at Latrobe Community Health Service. By implementing preventative measures and raising awareness around dental disease during pregnancy the suffering associated with delivering a pre-term or low birth weight baby or the risk of passing the decay causing bacteria onto the new born baby could be stopped.
This session will cover:
• What is oral disease and how is it caused?
• Oral disease risk factors associated with pregnancy
• Transfer of oral disease from mother to infant
• Oral disease prevention
• Dental referral program
1 Be able to advise women who are pregnant that there are benefits to having dental treatment when pregnant and that it is beneficial to both mother and child to have full course of care early in the pregnancy.
2 Be aware of referral pathways (private and public) and actively refer pregnant women in their first trimester or later if presenting later in pregnancy.
3 Understand the impacts of untreated dental disease to woman and babies.
Anita Pither – Oral Health Educator, Latrobe Community Health Service