Schools cross disciplines to debunk myths and misinformation about prenatal oral health

Fourth-year dental student Amanda Kerns, left, treats patient Laura Hilliard at the School of Dentistry.

A few months ago, Rocio Quinonez and her pediatric dentistry students were volunteering at a clinic in Durham when Quinonez noticed a very pregnant patient awaiting care.

Quinonez, an associate professor at the School of Dentistry, approached the woman to offer a pamphlet about caring for an infant’s oral health. The patient drew back the corner of her mouth, revealing a row of abscessed teeth. Her oral health had long been neglected, and the situation was dire.

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