Conclusion

  • Adolescent pregnancies are at a higher risk for medical complications.
  • Issues regarding consent for dental treatment of pregnant minors vary by state.
  • Routine dental treatment is safe with proper precautions and modifications, is best performed in the second trimester and is encouraged in healthy pregnancies.
  • Optimal oral health is very important for the pregnant patient and can be provided safely and effectively.
  • Health care professionals should discuss the risks and benefits of dental treatment to pregnant and breastfeeding patients, including the use of prescribed medication and radiographs.
  • Health care professionals should be aware of the physiologic changes that occur during pregnancy and adjust treatment including patient positioning and preventive oral health measures accordingly.15