Florida Dental Convention

FDC2023 Session Directory

Oral Health and Dental Treatment for the Pregnant Patient

Course Code: C54
Speaker: Dr. Barbara Steinberg, DDS
CE Hours: 2.50
Start: Saturday, July 1, 2023, 8:00 AM
End: Saturday, July 1, 2023, 10:30 AM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Practice Administrators, Dental Student


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This lecture will present the physiology of pregnancy as well as oral manifestations that may be encountered at this time in a woman’s life. Many myths regarding dental treatment for the pregnant patient will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the consensus statement produced by an expert workgroup meeting convened by the Health Resources and Services Administration in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Dental Association. Discussion will lend itself to the safety of common medications prescribed during pregnancy and lactation. The effects of cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, marijuana use and COVID-19 in pregnancy and while breastfeeding will be presented. The most current information regarding postpartum depression will be addressed.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • understand the physiology of pregnancy with emphasis on periodontal and oral manifestations.
  • become familiar with dental treatment considerations as per the most current national consensus statement endorsed by the ADA and ACOG.
  • learn common medications prescribed by dental practitioners and their safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • understand the effects of cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, marijuana use and COVID-19 in pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
  • recognize signs of postpartum depression so appropriate referrals can be made.          


Speaker: Dr. Barbara Steinberg, DDS

About the speaker: Dental degree, University of Maryland School of Dentistry; clinical professor of surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine; adjunct associate professor of oral medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine; diplomate, American Board of Oral Medicine.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.

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