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Dr. Francis

BDS

Dentist, Ernakulam

18 Years Experience
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Dr. Francis is a trusted Dentist in Perumbavoor, Ernakulam. He has been a practicing Dentist for 18 years. He has done BDS . He is currently associated with Prince Dental Care in Perumbavoor, Ernakulam. Save your time and book an appointment online with Dr. Francis on Lybrate.com.

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Oral Health Complications During Pregnancy

BDS
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.  

Prevention: 

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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Hello doctor my name is yogesh mesta from karnataka my problem is dental problem my question is how can I keep my teeth my teeth is very bed condition please tell me doctor how can I keep my teeth for dental problem.

MDS
Dentist, Kolkata
Hello doctor my name is yogesh mesta from karnataka my problem is dental problem my question is how can I keep my tee...
start brushing thrice daily after each meal,,visit a dentist once every 6 months,,avoid excessive intake of sugary foods.
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Sir/Mam mere teeth mai kida lag gaya hai vo aage na bade iski koi medicine ya ko upay bayay.

BDS
Dentist, Jaipur
Sir/Mam mere teeth mai kida lag gaya hai vo aage na bade iski koi medicine ya ko upay bayay.
Ye medicine se thik nhi hoga.jitna kida laga h..usme masle bharge..aur brush two time karna h.. Raat me brush jarur karna h..use mouthwash like chlorhexplus.
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Why my teeth is spread slowly -slowly to each other in day to day, what are the solution to this problem to create near the teeth?

BDS
Dentist,
Why my teeth is spread slowly -slowly to each other in day to day, what are the solution to this problem to create ne...
You might have gum disease. It can be treated and brought back normal. For home care brush gently with soft brush and rinse well after meals. Practice using dental floss or interdental brush to clean the interdental spaces.
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Hi suffering from severe tooth sensitivity From last one month. Tried all medicines nothing worked out please help.

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Hi suffering from severe tooth sensitivity
From last one month. Tried all medicines nothing worked out please help.
Medicine won't work. Most probably in your case it is due to teeth wear or cavity. See a dentist for permanent solution within a day. Please note if you ignore and problem increases I will later require treatment that will be much more expensive.
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I want to get the frenulum of my tongue cut. Where can I get it done? I want to get it done to be able to stick my tongue out more. Are there any side effects?

BDS
Dentist, Vadodara
I want to get the frenulum of my tongue cut. Where can I get it done?
I want to get it done to be able to stick my to...
Consult any dentist. Nowadays, if you don't want surgery, this is done through lasers. It doesn't have any side effects.
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I got a wisdom teeth near two jaws recently. There is no pain at all. Should I consult a doctor to remove it? Or just ignore.

BDS
Dentist, Lucknow
I got a wisdom teeth near two jaws recently. There is no pain at all. Should I consult a doctor to remove it? Or just...
Hello, I have read your query. If wisdom tooth is impacted or painful then go for extraction otherwise there no need to go for extraction. Hope I have answered your question if you hae further query regarding wisdom tooth you can also send me image of your wisdom tooth I will help you. Regards, Dr. Priyanka tiwari.
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BDS (GOLD MEDALIST)
Dentist, Jamshedpur
Fresh friuts like apple is a natural teeth cleanser.

I maintain a good oral hygiene And chew a sugar free gum for at least once a day. But I looked closely and I have a very tiny hole in my canine. It's probably less than 0.5 mm in diameter. I will be heading to a dentist in a week or two. But is it something to be worried about?

BDS, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced course in maxillofacial sugery
Dentist, Lucknow
I maintain a good oral hygiene And chew a sugar free gum for at least once a day. But I looked closely and I have a v...
Normally canines r less involved in carries after taking X ray the situation can b judged if it's serious or not
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Dental Health Tip

BDS
Dentist, Panchkula
Dental Health Tip
Eating and drinking naturally weakens the enamel on your teeth and brushing straight afterwards can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away. It is best not to brush your teeth until at least one hour after eating.
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