Baby Smiles is a research project to improve the oral health of low-income pregnant women and keep their young children cavity-free. To be eligible for Baby Smiles, a pregnant woman must be enrolled in Oregon Health Plan (OHP) and receive nutrition services through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in one of four Oregon Counties. Baby Smiles puts into action new standards of care to eliminate the transmission of oral disease from mothers to their children and prevent dental decay in children. As part of Baby Smiles, dental offices are asked to schedule pregnant women within two weeks of the time they request an appointment. It is critical to get the women seen by a dentist promptly in order to stop dental disease. Insurance coverage for dental care for low-income women is often available only during the period of pregnancy and two months after birth.
These recommendations have been reviewed with dentists throughout Oregon. We believe they represent the standard of care in Oregon.
Produced with support from the Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities (NIH/NIDCR U54 DE019346), School of Dentistry, University of Washington.
Suggested citation: Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities. 2010. Oral Health For Pregnant Women, Infants, and Toddlers: A Dental Professional’s Plan for Good Oral Health in Pregnancy & Cavity-Free Young Children. Seattle, WA: School of Dentistry, University of Washington. This content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research or the National Institute of Health.
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