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February 22, 1890

THE TEETH AND ORAL CAVITY OF PREGNANT WOMEN.Read in the Section of Oral and Dental Surgery, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1890;XIV(8):260-264. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410080008001a

From time almost immemorial, pregnancy has been recognized as having a deleterious effect upon the teeth; and this opinion has become so general that it has been crystallized into the familiar adage—"for every child a tooth." All writers upon obstetrics and the care of pregnant women, recognize the fact that during the periods of gestation and lactation women are more liable to suffer from diseases of the teeth and neuralgia of the facial region, than at other times; but the causes, prevention or mitigation of these diseases has received but little attention; in fact, it seems to be considered by most of them that they are among the inevitable consequences of gestation and that little can be done to relieve them.

With this view I do not fully agree, for I believe much can be done to prevent or relieve the suffering incident to caries and the loss of the