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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Pregnancy and Toothcare
What kind of anitbitoics can you use during pregnancy if you have toothache?
It depends on how far you are in your pregnancy. Tetracyclines are contraindicated because they bind to bone, and tooth is a bone-like structure. Thus, it will cause permanent spots on baby's teeth and it may even affect his/her permanent teeth. Teeth may easily decay from these spots. Other antibiotics can be used. However, we always recommend a consultation to patient's physician and/or gynecologist. Do not forget - antibiotics will change the balance within the flora. This is true for the oral cavity, but it is also true for the vagina.
Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University