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Can local anesthetics be used safely during pregnancy?

All local anesthetics cross the placenta to some degree. Fortunately, doses of local anesthetics in dentistry are usually relatively small and are generally unlikely to cause complications during pregnancy. During pregnancy, when local anesthesia is used, it is best to use one without epinephrine.

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Why are my gums swollen and red during pregnancy?

Pregnancy hormones may cause your gums to swell, become inflamed, and bleed more easily. During pregnancy, your mouth may also become more vulnerable to bacteria and plaque, and this can make your gums more tender gums. For this reason, it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene when pregnant and to visit the dentist […]

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Is it safe to get dental treatment while pregnant?

Preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are safe, and in fact are recommended. The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy may cause the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing irritation. Preventive dental work is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease(gingivitis). Routine dental treatment is generally performed safely during […]

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Treating Gum Disease

Treating Gum Disease

Periodontal diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis usually require lifelong maintenance therapy to ensure good oral health. By Lynn Yoffee Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Gum diseases, also known as periodontal diseases, are usually caused by a build-up of bacteria and plaque that inflames and infects the gums. Plaque is a clear film on […]

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Understanding Periodontitis: A Progressive Form of Gum Disease

Understanding Periodontitis: A Progressive Form of Gum Disease

Periodontitis is a gum infection that requires immediate dental treatment. If left untreated, it can result in tooth loss and other serious health problems. By Lynn Yoffee Medically Reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, exists in two forms: gingivitis and periodontitis. Both types of gum disease arise from […]

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The Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth

The Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth

Toothbrush? Check. Toothpaste? Check. Seems straightforward, but that may not be enough to ensure dental health success. By Kristen Stewart Medically Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH Ask a dozen people whether they know how to brush their teeth, and if they’re over age 2, odds are they’ll say, “Of course.” They might […]