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Course # 33072 • Oral Health Issues During Pregnancy

Overview

Oral health of pregnant patients is considered an essential component of the overall health of the mother and the developing fetus. This course will build a continuum between the oral health issues that occur during pregnancy and necessary treatments to maintain oral health during this time. Special issues that relate to dental treatment during pregnancy and the administration of medications such as local anesthetics, analgesics, and antibiotics will be discussed as they relate both to the mother and the developing fetus. Maintaining oral health during pregnancy can be a challenge amid changing estrogen and progesterone levels, which can exacerbate gingival problems. Beyond this, some studies have suggested that prostaglandin release from the pathogenic bacteria associated with periodontal disease may even cause premature birth and thus potential health complications for the neonate. This course will highlight the physiological changes that occur during pregnancy and their direct and indirect impact upon oral health.

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Education Category: Women's Health - Maternal / Child

Release Date: 08/01/2018

Expiration Date: 07/31/2021

Audience

This course is designed for all nurses and nurse midwives involved in the care of pregnant patients.

Accreditations/Approvals

In support of improving patient care, NetCE is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. NetCE is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NetCE complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, NetCE is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 2 ANCC contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 1 pharmacotherapeutic/pharmacology contact hour(s). NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 2.4 hours for Alabama nurses. NetCE is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEU(s) for this program. AACN Synergy CERP Category A.

Individual State Nursing Approvals

In addition to states that accept ANCC, NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by: Alabama, Provider #ABNP0353, (valid through November 21, 2017); California, BRN Provider #CEP9784; California, LVN Provider #V10662; California, PT Provider #V10842; District of Columbia, Provider #50-2405; Florida, Provider #50-2405; Georgia, Provider #50-2405; Iowa, Provider #295; Kentucky, Provider #7-0054 through 12/31/2019; South Carolina, Provider #50-2405.

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare professionals with the information necessary to appropriately intervene to promote good oral health in pregnant patients, with lasting positive effects to the patient and fetus.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the most common systemic changes that occur during pregnancy.
  2. Describe common oral health issues that arise during pregnancy.
  3. Analyze which dental medications are considered the safest to use during pregnancy.
  4. Review precautions for dental procedures that are performed during pregnancy.

Faculty

Mark J. Szarejko, DDS, FAGD, received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1985. He received fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry in 1994.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Mark J. Szarejko, DDS, FAGD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

Jane C. Norman, RN, MSN, CNE, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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