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Michael Watson looks at new advice from the USA on oral health care during pregnancy

A news story from the USA caught my eye last week. It was advice on oral health care during pregnancy. It came from, of all people, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, rather than the dental association.

It contains some good stuff and a warning for the US healthcare system. The advice points out that 35% of women in the USA reported that they did not have a dental visit within the past year and 56% of women did not visit a dentist during pregnancy. Approximately 40% of pregnant women have some form of periodontal disease.

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