Tooth Infection While Pregnant: What to Do?
When a woman is pregnant the increased hormones in her body can make her gums swell and bleed. The swelling causes them to become sensitive and during this time of sensitivity, food can easily get trapped in between the teeth causing dental problems. It was a long-held belief and practice of many dentists not to do dental work on a woman while she was pregnant. This practice has led to many women taking matters into their own hands to stop the pain of a throbbing tooth. When these women would self medicate, the pain would subside but the unknown damage they could have been doing to themselves or their fetus will never be fully revealed. But thanks to prenatal dentistry programs like the one at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill women can receive the dental care that will help to minimize their tooth infection while pregnant. These programs have proven that it is safe to provide routine dental care to expecting women. There are, however, some exceptions and some precautions.
If a woman has a tooth infection while she is pregnant it is advised that she makes an appointment to see her dentist a soon as possible. She should tell her dentist that she is pregnant and inform the dentist of any medications that she is taking, including prenatal vitamins and any diabetic medications.
It is also common for women to experience the emergence of their wisdom teeth while they are pregnant. While this is a painful process without infection, it can become infected if the wisdom tooth grows in improperly. If a woman has a wisdom tooth infection while pregnant she can still go to see her dentist for an official diagnosis, but the dentist will most likely not do any procedures while she is pregnant. A wisdom tooth infection while pregnant will lead the dentist to prescribe one of the Category B antibiotics that are listed safe for pregnant women. Pregnant women should not have any dental work done within their first or third trimesters of pregnancy. During the first trimester the baby’s organs are forming and any excessive stress or medication could affect the fetus.
Some effective home remedies for tooth infection while pregnant are: – Brush with a wash cloth instead of a toothbrush and continue to floss. The wash cloth will allow for cleaning of the teeth without scraping the gums. -If the gums are too infected to eat. Make soup with a balance of essential nutrients and blend it so that it can be sipped. This will continue to nourish the body until you can chew without pain. Use a toothpaste made with 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil mixed with 1 1/2 Tablespoons of baking soda in a container. A few drops of peppermint essential oil can be added if desired. Coconut oil is antimicrobial and kills bacteria. You also can try a mouthwash made with 1 cup of water and 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Put in a glass container with a lid and shake it up, swish mixture in the mouth and then spit it out. This is a soothing any time drink or mouthwash. Ginger, honey, and lemon tea has antibacterial properties. Using any of these home remedies for tooth infection while pregnant is sure to give any woman the relief she seeks.