Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
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Pregnancy & Oral Health in the ACA Era: How Are Expectant Moms Faring?

September 27, 2016 | 09:30 AM
11:00 AM ET

PregnancyOralHealthNumberMore than half of pregnant women do not see a dentist during their pregnancies. They should: forgoing dental care can lead to painful infections and gum disease, which a growing body of research links to adverse birth outcomes. Good oral hygiene also reduces bacteria that, when passed from mother to infant after birth, can lead to early childhood caries. The ACA has improved health coverage for pregnant women broadly, but limitations in access and education continue to keep many women from receiving dental services.

This webinar explored ways to connect women to dental coverage and care during pregnancy, including the following:

  • The impact of the ACA on dental insurance options during pregnancy, such as coverage through Medicaid and the ACA’s marketplaces
  • Strategies to integrate dental screenings and referrals into prenatal care
  • Efforts to educate pregnant women about the importance of dental care and connect them to services


Katy Battani
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Timothy Custer
Dental Network of America
Angela Hastings
Health Care Service Corporation / Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Katrina Holt
Georgetown University
Ilise Marrazzo
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
JoAnn Wells
Virginia Department of Health-Dental Health Program

Presentation Slides

"Oral Health Matters! Oral Health Care Access for Pregnant Women," Katrina Holt
"Strategies to Improve Oral Health Care Utilization of Pregnant Women in Maryland: Partnering of Title V and PIOHQI," Ilise D. Marrazzo & Katy Battani
"Perinatal & Infant Oral Health in Virginia," JoAnn Wells
"Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement Project," Emily Eckert, AMCHP
"Dental Wellness and Pregnancy: Before, During and After," Timothy Custer & Angela Hastings