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University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry offers free care to pregnant women

By Corrie Goldberg

SCHWELM, GERMANY - JANUARY 10: Water pours onto a toothbrush with toothpaste on January 10, 2007 in Schwelm, Germany. (Photo Illustration by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
SCHWELM, GERMANY - JANUARY 10: Water pours onto a toothbrush with toothpaste on January 10, 2007 in Schwelm, Germany. (Photo Illustration by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

DETROIT – Dental health is important for pregnant women, however misconceptions exist that might keep some from getting care.

According to the Mayo Clinic, dental problems during pregnancy include tooth decay, loose teeth and gum disease.

Research suggests that poor dental health can negatively affect pregnancy and birth outcomes and may lead to pre-term birth and low birth weight.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is hosting “Pregnancy Day” on March 4, 2016 in an attempt to dispel these myths about receiving dental treatments during pregnancy and educate expecting mothers about the importance of oral health care.

At “Pregnancy Day,” attendees will receive a free oral health screening and dental cleaning from UDM senior dental students.  Those who attend will also receive a term-based approach to perinatal patient care. Participants will also receive free oral health kits and pregnancy related items.

The all-day event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be held at the UDM Dental Clinic inside the University Health.  The event is free and open to pregnant women throughout Metro Detroit. Seating is limited to fifty participants and pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register contact Danielle C. Dunn, Project Coordinator at dunndc@udmercy.edu or 313-288-2314.