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RGO - Revista Gaúcha de Odontologia

On-line version ISSN 1981-8637

Abstract

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.  https://doi.org/10.1590/1981-8637201400010000072657.

OBJECTIVE:

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

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSION:

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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