Article Title and Bibliographic Information: Examining the safety of dental treatment in pregnant women. Michalowicz BS, DiAngelis AJ, Novak MJ, Buchanan W, Papapanou PN, Mitchell DA, et al. J Am Dent Assoc 2008;139(6):685-95. Reviewer: Martha E. Nunn, DDS, Phd. Purpose/Question: To evaluate safety outcomes from a trial in which pregnant women with periodontitis received scaling and root planning and other dental treatments. Source of Funding: This study uses data from the Obstetrics and Periodontal Therapy Trial (OPT) that was supported by government funding from NIH/NIDCR grant U01DE014338. Type of Study/Design: Cohort study that uses data from the OPT, a multicenter randomized controlled clinical trial, to evaluate the effect of periodontal therapy on preterm birth. Level of Evidence: Level 2: Limited-quality, patient-oriented evidence. Strength of Recommendation Grade: Grade B: Inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence.
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