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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): John F. Kross, DMD, MSc
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Mary E. Foley, RDH, MPH
  • Jonathan Mendia, DMD
Item#: L0892
Contents: 1 Course Book (42 pages)
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Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: Clinical Guidelines and Management, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # L0892
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Review Date: August 16, 2018

Expiration Date: August 16, 2021

Original Release Date: June 26, 2015

A variety of physiologic, anatomic, and hormonal changes accompany pregnancy and affect how oral health care is provided. Unfortunately, dentists, physicians, and patients often misunderstand and avoid oral health care issues during and after pregnancy. This basic-level course will address current concepts regarding oral health in pregnant women and the impact of their oral health on pregnancy outcomes and early childhood health. It will also discuss strategies to optimize oral health during pregnancy.


AGD Subject Code: 750

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the oral health status of women of childbearing age and barriers to their oral health care.
  • Explain systemic changes during pregnancy and their impact on dental care and oral health.
  • Describe the effect of maternal periodontal disease and dental caries on pregnancy outcomes and childhood health.
  • Discuss clinical practice guidelines on oral health care and management of the pregnant patient.
  • Discuss the use of therapeutic agents during pregnancy and lactation.

John F. Kross, DMD, MSc, received his doctor of dental medicine degree from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed a fellowship at Temple University Hospital in oral oncology and received a hospital appointment to the Department of Dentistry at the Medical Centers of Delaware (now the Christiana Health Care System). His professional train­ing and experience includes practicing general dentistry in Wilmington, Delaware, and New London, Pennsylvania, as well as instructing students at Delaware Technical Community College in oral pathol­ogy. Dr. Kross has received numerous academic awards for his work in oral surgery, fixed partial prosthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics. He has been composing monographs, manuscripts, and continuing dental courses since 1991.

Mary E. Foley, RDH, MPH, is executive director of the Medicaid-CHIP State Dental Association in Washington, DC. Until 2009, Ms. Foley was an associate professor of dental hygiene and dean of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). Ms. Foley is a dental hygienist with a master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Policy. Prior to joining MCPHS, Ms. Foley was director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health, and the Region 1 Head Start Oral Health Consultant. In 2005, she was named a fellow by the Bureau of Health Professions Primary Care Policy Fellowship. Ms. Foley is a nationally recognized speaker and expert in program planning and implementation, community oral health, and evidence-based preventive services. In her most recent role, Ms. Foley led a national campaign for the Children’s Dental Health Project in Washington, DC, titled Improving Perinatal and Infant Oral Health. In addition, Ms. Foley has served as an advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, National Network for Oral Health Access, National Business Group on Health, American Bar Association, Health Foundation of South Florida, New York State and California Health Departments, Health Law Advocates, and Catalyst Institute of Massachusetts.

Jonathan Mendia, DMD, is a licensed dentist anesthesiologist and associate professor of dental anesthesia at Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Mendia earned his doctorate of dental medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He completed his postdoctoral residency in dental anesthesia at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. During his residency, Dr. Mendia rotated through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) hospitals performing anesthesia in various medical specialties. While completing his residency, Dr. Mendia published two articles focused on oral health in the pregnant patient titled Drug Therapy for the Pregnant Dental Patient and Re-evaluating Therapeutic Drugs for Your Pregnant Dental Patient.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.