Pregnancy & Oral Health in the ACA Era: How Are Expectant Moms Faring?
More 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