Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries
Oral Health During Pregnancy and Early Childhood
In February 2009, the California Dental Association Foundation (CDA Foundation) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists held the California Perinatal Oral Health Consensus Conference to develop practice guidelines to assist medical and dental professionals in providing appropriate evidence-based oral health care to perinatal populations. Upon completion of the guidelines, a dissemination process systemically shared the guidelines with healthcare professionals and community organizations involved in the care of pregnant women and young children. The dissemination of perinatal oral health guidelines to medical and dental team members is an important step in improving the oral health of pregnant women and creating a foundation for achieving optimal oral health in their children.
A project of this scope provides an environment where many lessons can be learned. Future endeavors could benefit from the experiences encountered during this project.
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