Dental Care during Pregnancy - Glossary

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Glossary

Pregnancy:Growth of an embryo/fetus in the uterus.

Mood swings: Changes in a personís emotional state

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is an infection that causes inflammation of ligament tissues that surround and support the teeth.

Nausea: Vomiting sensation.

Vomiting: The ejection of contents of the stomach through the mouth.

Flossing: A strong thread used to remove plaques and other debris present between teeth.

Dentist: A specialist who takes care of dental health

Labor: Periodic rhythmical contraction of the uterus, which opens the cervix and leads to the birth of a baby.

Antibiotics: A drug used to destroy bacterial infections

Plaque: Thin layer of food debris and bacteria, which covers the tooth surface.

Penicillin: An antibiotic drug used to treat infection.

Opioid: Any man-made drug that exhibits properties of opium and is given to treat pain.

Aspirin: A drug that reduces pain, fever, inflammation, and blood clotting. Aspirin belongs to the family of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents. It is also being studied in cancer prevention.

Acetaminophen: A drug that reduces pain and fever (but not inflammation).

Amoxicillin: An antibiotic drug used to treat infection. It belongs to the family of drugs called penicillinís or penicillin derivatives.

Mouthwash: An antiseptic liquid used for cleansing the mouth

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