Routine dental procedures such as cleanings and cavity fillings reduce the chance of infection and can be done safely during pregnancy. However, many women, including those with private insurance, do not seek – and are not advised to seek – dental care during pregnancy.
Many women mistakenly believe they should avoid dental visits during pregnancy, and many dentists remain reluctant to treat pregnant women because they are unaware of current guidelines and/or fear liability issues. Only about one-quarter to one-half of women receive any dental care during their pregnancies. The likelihood of low-income and uninsured women receiving such care is even lower.