The article seemed to imply that dentists are refusing to treat pregnant women or that physicians don't know that pregnant women need dental care.
I'm pretty sure that neither is true, but it never hurts to remind ourselves about this topic.
As practicing dentists, we are ethically and morally obligated to provide care to patients with a vast array of health concerns, and pregnancy is no exception.
In our office, we consistently and comfortably provide care to pregnant women on a routine basis. We are able to provide regular care because we have educated our medical community regarding our expectations: proper and complete medical history, signed clearance, and preferably, patients in their second trimester. It is our responsibility to educate the medical professional so that, in return, they are able to better educate their pregnant patients on the importance of maintaining regular dental care during their pregnancy to avert the risk of developing significant oral disease.
I like the quote by Maya Angelou, "When you know better you do better." As physicians and patients gain more knowledge, they will "know better" and hence "do better" by seeking our help in the journey of their pregnancy.
image via pregnancydecoded.com
Maryam Beyramian, DDS, a full-time practicing dentist, graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and currently owns 2 private practices in Phoenix, AZ. Relying on her strong business background, Dr. Beyramian, has started, purchased, operated, managed, and transitioned numerous dental practices in her 12 years of practice. Due to her high standards in staff training and patient care, along with a keen eye on managing the bottom line, she has been able to take each practice to its optimal potential of profitability. Dr. Beyramian?s vision to promote smart business practices for the private practitioners led to the development of CoupDoc.com, an online dental supply company empowering dentists to use their group purchasing power to obtain high-quality brand name supplies at bottom line pricing. For any additional questions or comments, you may reach her by email at DrB@CoupDoc.com or by phone at 877.850.2181.