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So, I've had a cavity since before I got pregnant, but I couldn't get it fixed because by the time I discovered it, I was pregnant and my dentist won't do work on a pregnant woman. Which most won't.

I watch The Doctors everyday, and yesterday the OB on the show said that cavities cause preterm labor, and they should always be fixed during pregnancy.

My question is, how can a cavity cause preterm labor? It's the only one I have and have ever had, so it's not like I have a gross mouth, lol. I'm just confused on this.


Asked by oliviasmomma09 at 2:11 PM on Dec. 13, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • Cavities are bacteria and any kind of infection can cause pregnancy issues - gum disease HAS been linked to preterm labor. The AMA recommends getting preventative dental work done while pregnant.... if you're curious you can read up here:


    Answer by Serafyna at 2:34 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • sorry dont listen to everything doctors say they dont know everything in the world and it can't thats a big lie

    Answer by yousomedicated9 at 2:13 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Well, I'm 33 weeks and had a pretty smooth pregnancy, so I'm not really worried about it, lol. Just wondering how they came about that.

    Answer by oliviasmomma09 at 2:14 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • might be mixed up with being pregnant depletes calcium and other important things

    Answer by yousomedicated9 at 2:16 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • If they caused preterm labor 100% of the time...then I would've had my baby a looooooong time ago.

    I have quite a few cavities and I'm 39 weeks. Don't stress too terribly bad =]

    Answer by caitxrawks at 2:40 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • I would think it would only cause preterm labor or hurt the baby if it got infected. I'm not completely sure though, because I've never had any cavities. *knocks on wood* But if you want a second opinion, go see another dentist.

    Answer by srhmldndo at 2:42 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Eh, I'm not too worried about it, he said it wasn't bad, just a tiny one that can be fixed after baby. I was just wondering where they came about this preterm labor stuff, ha. The infection makes sense, I'm the same way this is my first cavity so I never really looked into this stuff lol.

    Answer by oliviasmomma09 at 2:43 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • that stinks your dentist wouldnt fix it, mine did both of mine a few weeks ago(im 30 weeks now), they just advise waiting until you are out of the 1st trimester.

    Answer by walkthisway522 at 5:26 PM on Dec. 13, 2008

  • Really, he won't do it at all. It's not bad though, and i've gone back twice to make sure it's not getting bigger or anything. He said he'd fix if after I have Livvy.

    Answer by oliviasmomma09 at 11:53 AM on Dec. 14, 2008