Kansas Cavity Free Kids offers free training in Lawrence to help promote importance of oral health during pregnancy


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Kansas Cavity Free Kids is offering a free training workshop, “Teeth for Two,” July 26 for professionals who work with pregnant women.

The workshop will help professionals — health care providers, dental professionals, family educators and social workers — educate women about he importance of oral health care during pregnancy for both mom and baby. The training will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Friday, July 26. at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St., in the second floor meeting room. The workshop will include hands-on activities, handouts and a free oral health resource guide.

“Gum disease is associated with diabetes, heart disease and stroke,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “In pregnant women, gum disease is also associated with premature births and low birth weight babies.” Problems a baby born too early may face include: breathing problems, feeding difficulties, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, vision problems and hearing impairment. Preterm birth is also the leading cause of long-term neurological disabilities.

Jenn Preston, case management supervisor at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, said the workshop is an opportunity for her staff to learn how to better educate pregnant women about the importance of oral health. “We look forward to increasing our knowledge about new techniques to promote oral health with pregnant moms. It’s another way to increase the likelihood of a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.”

There is no cost to attend the training, but reservations need to be made by July 19. To make a reservation, contact Preston at jpreston@ldchealth.org or 785-856-5336.

Delta Dental of Kansas Foundation is funding the workshop.


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