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Q&A: What's the best way to deal with a dental infection during pregnancy?

What's the best way to deal with a dental infection during pregnancy?

Re: What's the best way to deal with a dental infection during pregnancy?

The Bump Expert

Some moms-to-be think they can't get dental treatment during pregnancy, but that's not true. If you suspect you have a dental infection, you should see your dentist right away. That's because there seems to be a link between oral infections and the risk of preterm birth.

Especially with something as simple as a cavity, it will be easy to treat your dental infection without causing any harm to your baby. Many antibiotics are safe to take during pregnancy, and you can even get X-rays as long as your dentist covers your belly with an abdominal shield to protect the baby from potentially harmful radiation. Just be sure your dentist knows you're pregnant, and he'll be able to choose procedures and medications that will be safe for you and baby.

Ashley S. Roman, MD, ob-gyn and clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine

Q&A: What's the best way to deal with a dental infection during pregnancy?

A small dental infection had me eventually become addicted to painkillers. I finally went in a North Carolina rehab after a lot of fights with my family because I refused to believe it. My advice for everybody is to treat things when they occur and not wait, because it can turn into something much bigger and serious.

Darcy Kitchin |

Q&A: What's the best way to deal with a dental infection during pregnancy?

It doesn't help to post comments sayingto maintain your dental health and go in for routine check ups and you should be fine. Many people with dental problems have them because of genetics and it has little to do with brushing and flossing. On a question about dealing with a dental infection- give an answer that helps, don't brag about how well you took care of your teeth. I had a root canal and a crown placed on a molar about 1 year ago. At 14 weeks pregnant the tooth began throbbing. It hurt to bite on it and within a few days of the onset of pain I could feel a small knot high up in my gumline above the tooth. I have been in and out of the dentist a lot so I knew it was an abscess. My previous root canal had failed and the tooth was infected again. I was told that I could have another root canal done or extract the tooth. A second root canal has about a 50% chance of working. In the meantime, I was put on Clindamycin to treat the infection and buy me some time. It bought me about 6 days before I was up all night with the throbbing tooth. The next day I scheduled an appointment for extraction. It was done under local anesthetic and afterwards I was put on a second round of Clindamycin to help get rid of all the infection. Other than my wisdom teeth, this was the first molar I have had removed and I probably wouldn't have done it if I hadn't heard about how infection can lead to preterm labor. I also had an X-ray in the process and my stomach was shielded. Everything still seems to be going fine with the pregnancy and I have a doppler which I checked the heartbeat with before and after all procedures :)

tawnycody |

Q&A: What's the best way to deal with a dental infection during pregnancy?

Dental infection (tooth decay) causes demineralization and destruction of the hard tissues. So it is important to stop the progression of the tooth decay. The best way is to go to the dentist. The dental abscess may require draining the pus and antibiotic treatment.

DoubleMom |

Q&A: What's the best way to deal with a dental infection during pregnancy?

Best way to treat it is to use natural extract infusions for local compression maybe, instead of going directly for an antibiotic treatment which we all know it can be dangerous for the unborn. You know, dental medical insurance can be a bit pricy in certain parts of the country and those people whose employers do not cover for it find it a bit hard to keep pace with all the costs for the dental care treatments of their entire families. On this matter, it is actually great to have doctor teams who do this pro bono every now and then. I am sure their patient really appreciate this. I went once to some nyc cosmetic dentists and they did a tremendous job with some dental implants. Ever since, I am recommending them to everyone.

conquerer |

Q&A: What's the best way to deal with a dental infection during pregnancy?

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