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Oral Health Topics


Key Points

  • Preventive, diagnostic, and restorative dental treatments are safe throughout pregnancy.
  • Local anesthetics with epinephrine (e.g., bupivacaine, lidocaine, mepivacaine) may be used during pregnancy.
  • Special considerations should be given to pregnant dental personnel whose job duties can involve direct exposure to nitrous oxide and radiation.
  • Introduction
  • Oral Health Conditions During Pregnancy
  • Medication Use
  • Radiographs
  • Summary
  • ADA Policies Related to Pregnancy
  • References
  • ADA Resources
  • Other Resources
Reviewed by: ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention and the ADA Center for Dental Practice
Last Updated: May 4, 2021

Prepared by:

Department of Scientific Information, Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC.


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