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Treatment of cavities during pregnancy

Hormonal and bacterial quantity changes during pregnancy put pregnant women at greater risk for gingivitis and periodontal disease. Therefore, it is very important that pregnant women continue to get regular dental cleanings during pregnancy. Pregnant women have generally been counseled to avoid elective dental treatment during pregnancy unless they are experiencing an emergency like pain or infection. In this case, the second trimester is the best time for treatment to keep the expectant mother as comfortable as possible. Local anesthetics and other materials used during dental treatment don't increase risk to the fetus, but untreated oral disease has been shown to lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes. If X-rays are necessary, a protective apron will be placed over the woman's stomach and thyroid. If antibiotics are necessary, tetracycline should be avoided because it will cause staining in the baby's developing teeth.

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Comment from: Sonakshi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

Cavities can be really a serious issue. Once, one of my relatives was suffering from the same issue and the person had to be immediately taken to the nearby dental surgeon. This has to be treated as soon as you get to know about it.

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Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

Absolutely terrified, thanks.

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