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ROSELL, Fernanda Lopez; VALSECKI JUNIOR, Aylton; TAGLIAFERRO, Elaine Pereira da Silva  and  SILVA, Silvio Rocha Corrêa da. Prevalence and severity of orofacial pain in pregnant women. RGO, Rev. Gaúch. Odontol. [online]. 2014, vol.62, n.1, pp.47-51. ISSN 1981-8637.


To evaluate the prevalence and severity of oral pain in pregnant women.


A cross-sectional study was conducted on a sample of pregnant women who were receiving dental care at a Dental School. A structured questionnaire about self-perception of oral conditions and the presence and severity of orofacial pain in the mouth or teeth in the last 6 months was applied.


80 pregnant women participated in the study and, of these, 58.8% reported having a problem with their teeth, 31.3% periodontal problems, 61.3% bad taste in mouth and 62.5% bad breath. Only 22.5% of pregnant women did not exhibit any form of oral pain. The most frequently reported pains were: pain with hot/cold liquids or sweets (56.2%) and spontaneous toothache (38.8%). With regard to severity, mild and moderate pain were the most frequently reported, but there was a group of 23.8% of pregnant women with severe or very severe pain caused by hot or cold liquids and 18.8% in the same condition in relation to spontaneous pain.


The results of this study showed that, despite the high prevalence of pain detected in the pregnant women, severity was low and referred to specific situations.

Keywords : Oral health; Pain; Pregnant women.

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