DON’T DELAY dental care due to pregnancy

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Pregnant women frequently suffer from dental and gum problems, however pregnancy is not a contraindication to dental treatment. Urgent dental treatments must be guaranteed to prevent potential risks for the pregnant woman (premature birth) or the unborn child (growth problems). Delayable dental procedures must instead be postponed after the end of pregnancy. Good practice: to adopt, in agreement with the gynecologist, specific PREVENTIVE measures for mouth diseases (oral hygiene), and SPECIFIC PROTOCOLS (anesthetics, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory / analgesic therapies approved for use in pregnancy) by performing treatments in safe spots selected accordingly to the gestational age and any obstetric risk conditions.


1.Raccomandazioni per la promozione della salute orale in età perinatale 2014, Ministero della Salute.
2. Task Force on Periodontal Treatment of Pregnant Women, American Academy of Periodontology. American Academy of Periodontology statement regarding periodontal management of the pregnant patient. J Periodontol. 2004 Mar;75(3):495.
3. Villa A, Abati S, Pileri P, Calabrese S, Capobianco G, Strohmenger L, Ottolenghi L, Cetin I, Campus GG. Oral health and oral diseases in pregnancy: a multicentre survey of Italian postpartum women. Aust Dent J. 2013 Jun;58(2):224-9
4. Offenbacher S, Lin D, Strauss R, McKaig R, Irving J, Barros SP, Moss K, Barrow DA, Hefti A, Beck JD. Effects of periodontal therapy during pregnancy on periodontal status, biologic parameters, and pregnancy outcomes: a pilot study. J Periodontol. 2006 Dec;77(12):2011-24.



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