Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Because dental care is critical to the overall health of mothers and children, interdisciplinary collaboration between dental care providers and the obstetric caregivers is of paramount importance. An understanding of the importance of the relationship between optimal oral care and pregnancy outcomes as well as a bidirectional referral relationship between perinatal healthcare providers and dental practitioners is critical to improving oral health care in pregnant women. Dental outreach to community OB/GYN and nurse midwife communities to discuss the ACOG recommendations for dental care and establish a referral pattern for patients could result in better health care for pregnant patients.