PASCO, Wash. -- More than 100 dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants are being trained today in Pasco on how to provide oral health care to pregnant women.
The two-hour training, called "Oral Health from Birth," is co-sponsored by the Benton-Franklin Dental Society and the Washington Dental Service Foundation. It is at TRAC in Pasco.
The Tri-Cities was one of the first communities in the state to sponsor the training, which was first held a year ago and more than 100 people participated. The interest in the topic was so high that the Tri-Cities is the first community in the state to sponsor a second training.
Research shows that most pregnant women don't even know they should receive dental care. To read the new national guidelines about addressing oral health during pregnancy, go to www.mchoralhealth.org/PDFs/OralHealth PregnancyConsensus.pdf.