Marchi, K. S., Rinki, C., Shah, M., Dove, M., Terpak, C., Curtis, M. P., & Braveman, P. (2019). Medical provider promotion of oral health and women’s receipt of dental care during pregnancy. Maternal and child health journal, 23(7), 890-902. Access Abstract
NPM: 13-1: Oral Health During Pregnancy
Intervention Components (click on component to see a list of all articles that use that intervention): PATIENT_CONSUMER, Oral Health Education
Intervention Description: Using a diverse, population-based sample of California women with a live birth, researchers examined whether medical providers' promotion of oral health and women's receipt of dental care during pregnancy has changed in recent years. Researchers used data from a population-based survey of postpartum women in 2009 and 2012 in California to compare the prevalence of women's self-reports that, during pregnancy, (a) their medical providers discussed oral health and/or suggested they see a dentist, and (b) they received dental care during pregnancy. Researchers also examined whether women's receipt of dental care during pregnancy was associated with whether their medical providers discussed oral health or suggested that they see a dentist.
Conclusion: Medical provider promotion of oral health increases dental attendance of pregnant women. Characteristics of women reporting that their medical providers promoted, and that they received, dental care during pregnancy in 2012 suggests that the increases in promotion and use of oral health care were largely concentrated among Medi-Cal recipients. Further improvement is needed for all populations of pregnant women. Both public and private providers need to incorporate promotion of and referral for dental care into routine prenatal care protocols.
Significant Findings: Yes
Setting: Clinic/Medical provider office
Target Audience: Pregnant people