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Oral Health Complications During Pregnancy

Dentist, Faridabad
Oral Health Complications During Pregnancy

Oral Health Complications During Pregnancy

Recent findings have reported that oral bacteria and their by-products can possibly pass the placental barrier keeping oral health at prime importance during pregnancy. An awareness related to oral health during pregnancy cannot be neglected or avoided in order to minimize the complications.

This article focuses on few points related to the necessity of oral health during pregnancy. 

Pregnancy comes with many responsibilities making expecting mothers more concerned about their health. However, many pregnant women may not be aware of oral health and its effect on the developing child. Negligence of oral health is quite common during pregnancy due to lack of alertness of oral hygiene and its effect on systemic health.

Moreover, pregnancy discomforts like frequent bouts of nausea, increased physical demands, weight gain or certain dental problems like pregnancy gingivitis or inflammation of gums may be dangerous to developing fetus.  

Risk of oral problems during pregnancy:-

Few common oral problems associated with pregnancy are as follows. 

Pregnancy Gingivitis: 

Hormonal changes during pregnancy leads to pregnancy gingivitis. It is a condition of bleeding gums, redness. Moreover inflammation, swelling and tenderness are also observed. Ignorance of such problems may lead to serious gum disease.  Frequent cleaning can avoid such dental issues. Progesterone levels are elevated during pregnancy which stimulates the production of prostaglandins and leads to inflammation of blood vessels in gums.

Tooth Decay:

Diet during pregnancy is of high importance. It is designed to nourish both mother and unborn baby. Diet rich in carbohydrates actually increases the risk of tooth decay. The morning sickness increases acid secretion in the mouth which is harmful to enamel. 

Pregnancy tumors: 

Overgrowth of tissue on gums in pregnant women are called as pregnancy tumors. They are noncancerous and generally observed in the second trimester of the gestation period. It is nothing but swollen gums between teeth. The bleeding and reddening of gums observed in such conditions.  

Periodontal disease and preterm birth:

Untreated gum disease or periodontal problems can development periodontitis characterized by inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. 

This ultimately leads to loss of supporting material and finally the teeth themselves. 

A study result has revealed that there is a relation between preterm birth and presence of gum diseases in the pregnant women. The reason is not yet known. 

However, research study findings have evidence that oral bacteria or their byproducts can pass placental barrier. This initiate inflammatory response leading to preterm birth. 

Another correlation exists between the gum disease and the increased rate of pre-eclampsia, a condition of high blood pressure during pregnancy. The positive correlation suggests that gum disease may cause stress to the blood vessels of the mother, placenta and the fetus.

The basic periodontal therapies like oral hygiene instructions, scaling, root planing and prophylaxis can substantially decrease the level of prostaglandin responsible for inflammatory response. 

The regular treatment and follow-up in pregnant women can maintain good oral health and minimize the risk of preterm birth. 

Dental treatment during pregnancy: 

The dental procedures mostly include the use of X-rays and use of anesthesia. In the case of pregnancy, these procedures can be used with precaution. 

Therefore, before sitting on dental chair patient should declare her pregnancy to the physician. Untreated dental infections can harm fetus as well as the mother. 

The emergency situations request use of dental radiographs which can’t wait. The radiation of dental x-ray is generally very low and precaution is always taken for lowest radiation exposure. A leaded apron including collar, shields can be used to prevent abdominal exposure to the x-ray radiation. 

Use of dental X-ray is not at all contraindicated in pregnancy when used with precaution. 

The use of local anesthesia is also not contraindicated in the pregnancy. 

A clinical trial result showed that there is no harm in the use of local anesthetics during pregnancy. It is not linked with increased risk for major medical problems like cerebral palsy, cleft lip and heart defect in newborns. 

The medication prescribed during dental treatment mainly includes local anesthetics, analgesics, and antibiotics. Most of them can be used with safety precautions. Each drug has its own pregnancy category which should be considered during its use. 

The antibiotic like tetracycline can permanently cause discoloration of developing teeth.  


Dentists can educate patients with following points to avoid problems associated with oral hygiene. 

  • The patient should declare the pregnancy to  the Dentist 
  • Follow routine oral checkup. 
  • Undergo all elective and emergency procedures. 
  • Follow good oral hygiene practice ask for a better toothpaste.
  • In the case of morning sickness avoid sweets and snacks which increase the risk of tooth decay. 
  • Have healthy and balanced diet. 

Awareness of oral health during pregnancy is a must to avoid complications.

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Dentist, Pune
Brush twice a day and rinse with recommended mouthwash before you go to sleep.Visit your dentist after every three months.Keep oral environment healthy.
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Hi, I am 19 years old. My teeth are pale in colour. What should be my steps to make them white.

Dentist, Mumbai
The normal colour of teeth is white with bluish tinges back ground appearance which sometime sis slightest yellow, the best way to maintain whiteness is to brush them twice after breakfast and before going to bed use listerine mouthwash, get them cleaned and polished if still not satisfied than get get them bleach and maintain them.
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I have pain due to cavity in my left upper front and right lover front teeth. Before one month I approach dental hospital for treatment. They fix permanent cement in my lower front teeth. And plasto in upper left teeth is pending. But since 2-3 days I am having pain again in lower front teeth. What to do doctor. Should I go for private doctor treatment. Pls advise.

General Physician, Mumbai
For pain take tablet paracetamol 650 mg and Take Cp. Amoxicillin 500 mg twelve hourly one after breakfast and one after dinner for five days and get an xray done and follow up with reports.
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I am a male of 21 and I got continues wounds in my mouth. repeatedly. What should I do ?

BDS, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced course in maxillofacial sugery
Dentist, Lucknow
You may take cap bnc one a day locally apply metrogyl gel ointment suck on tab bifilac twice daily drink plenty of water. Take fibrous food you may add banana to your diet at night take isabgol husk two table spoon full n try to stay tension free.
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Certified Implantologist, Fellow of Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD), BDS
Dentist, Kolkata
Dental Check Up by a Qualified Dental Surgeon once in 6 months is mandatory . Go to someone whom you really trust n u r sure that whatsoever he/she will not do any malpractice just for the sake of Money .

I am 24 years old, I am having dental problem of disturbed teeth. How much cost it will take to align my teeth and how much time it will take?

Dentist, Delhi
You can get the treatment done with braces, aligners or by opting for a smile makeover. Each of these will have many further options based on what material you choose etc. To get a more precise opinion, you must share either your photograph and xray(radiograph) or see a dentist.
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Dentist, Mumbai
Avoiding smoking or use of smokeless tobacco can prevent the developement of oral diseases like periodontis, oral cancer, tooth decay and  gingivitis in your teeth.
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Dentist, Thanjavur
Accumulation of plaque and tartar in the teeth leads to gum diseases. But they can be reversed at the initial stage itself, by being treated. accumulated plaque and tartar removed from a dentist.

What are the symptoms of pyhorea and how to cure it and also tell me how to stop gum bleeding.

Dentist, Mohali
Symptoms: swelling, redness, bleeding gums. Treatment: Scaling (professional cleaning) of teeth and use of mouthwash, gum paint. Gum surgery if needed.
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I am feeling kind of pea like node beneath my jaw from the past few days. It doesn't give pain but it I am not sure what it is. Can someone please advise if it is harmful of a sign of any severe thing.

Dentist, Sangli
These node indicate submandibular lymphadentis which is mostly caused by longstanding tooth cavity infection or gum problems. It will reduce after medicine use for temporary. But treating tooth cavity infection and gum problems will resolve that node for sure.
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Dentist, Nellore
Drinking a cup of tea everyday helps in keeping the gums and teeth healthy as & nbsp, it contains high amounts of fluoride and flavonoids which prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to the teeth.
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There is bit swelling in face from last 1 year. Means its swelling in cheeks. And face looks bigger than normal.

Dentist, Mumbai
Dear lybrate-user, swelling in any region of the body is not considered good. Kindly get it checked by a nearby doctor. Once the reason is known treatment can be started.
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Mujhe 3-4 mahine se ek muh ke chale(ulcer) ka problem face hota h. Iske kiye kya upauy krna chahiye. Aur 8 10 day tak rheta h?

Dentist, Delhi
If you have applied ointments and taken medicine even then it is reoccurring again and again, then it's time to get dental checkup as it may be symptom of some systemic problem.
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Hi Im patient of ulcerative colitis having wysolone 10 g decreasing now having sever tooth ache can not have antibiotics or brufen can I have do dt without any issue or side effects please reply I will have RCT after my steroids are over Thx.

Dentist, Kolar
Pls check with your gastroenterologist the possible antibiotics n painkillers which can b taken by you n which donot worsen your colon condition. Meanwhile use bethadine mouthwash. However you can start your rct well before your steroid intake of your comfortable. Take care.
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I have broken molar tooth and there is too much pain and it is inflamed. So my question is which drug can be used to relieve pain and inflammation? Does Droxyl 500 and Dicllogesic are appropriate or some other drug is required?

Dentist, Kolkata
See you can take any painkiller, but it won't totally reduce pain, you need to visit a dentist, get an xray done of the tooth involved and it may have to be removed.
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Yesterday Ifelt a mild pain in my molar but it went away in a couple of minutes, there is no cavity and I am past my wisdom tooth age. Should I see a dentist or let it be.

Certification in Full Mouth Rehabilitation, Post-Graduate Certificate in Oral Implantology (PGCOI), M.Sc - Master of Oral Implantology (MOI), Certified Implantologist, BDS
Dentist, Rajkot
It may b cavitation or gum disease. You need cleaning or removal of cavitation. You ned to consult a dentist.
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I have a gum cavity and now suffering from severe pain what should I do? Please suggest a remedy.

Dentist, Saharanpur
Plz take a pain killer and then consult a dentist. Pain killer is only going to give you temporary relief. Dentist will find out the cause of the pain and help you to get rid of it.
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Hello sir /madam, I had a problem that my one tooth was hone before 5years, is it can be possible to attach other one now. R else what can I do.

Dentist, Vadodara
Yes, you can replace your missing tooth. The options are bridge on teeth with support from adjacent two teeth or implant can also be done.
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Which type of bracing is suitable for 30-35 age. Want fast and proper alignment of teeth. How much time can be taken for proper alignment? estimated cost?

Master in Dental Surgery, BDS
Dentist, Jaipur
it all depends on the how bad ur teeth r. costs can vary. there is nothing like fast and proper proper things take time. share a picture i can tell more
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