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Gum Diseases

Pregnancy and Toothcare

07/30/2007

Question:

What kind of anitbitoics can you use during pregnancy if you have toothache?

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University