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Oral Health’s Involvement in Adverse Birth Outcomes

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A literature review examining the evidence of an association between preterm births, low birth weight and periodontal disease.

After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Identify the relationship between oral health and systemic health.
  2. Define adverse birth outcomes and identify the risk factors.
  3. Explain the relationship between maternal periodontitis and adverse birth outcomes.
  4. Discuss the safety and importance of dental treatment during pregnancy.

This course was issued in the November 2017 issue and expires 11/30/20. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.


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