Pregnancy is a tricky thing: you can’t just take anything you may have if you were not carrying another life inside you. As such, even the most common health issues, which in this case are toothaches, may require special attention that you would otherwise not have to take.
Still, a bit of compromise and adjustments can’t compare to the joy of giving life to another human being.
How To Get Rid Of A Toothache While Pregnant
Take a Pill
Oh, don’t get us wrong: you just can’t take any pill out there.
As you may have already known, painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin aren’t ideal when you’re with child. In fact, it could even harm both you and the baby.
However, a great alternative to those pills is acetaminophen, which is safe to take if you’re carrying a baby inside you.
Just keep in mind, though, that like any drug, taking acetaminophen when you’re pregnant means you need to have just the right dosage.
After all, too much of something is almost always bad for you. To be sure, go and consult with your doctor first before taking one.
Garlic is Good
Looking for a more organic way to get rid of your toothache while you’re preggers? All you’ll need is a single clove of garlic.
Now, we cannot stress this enough, garlic is a sort of wonder spice that not only enhances the flavor of your food, but has a lot of nutrition in it.
Case in point: a garlic clove has oils in it that acts as an all-natural painkiller to soothe your toothache.
So, why not just purchase a bottle of clove oil from the drugstore, since it’s available there?
Well, too much of the stuff can be harmful, so it’s better if you just take in small dosages at a time.
Hence, chewing on a garlic clove is a better way to do it.
A word of warning, though: the taste of raw garlic may be a bit too strong, but we’re sure you can handle it.
Water… Wait, What?
For quick relief that doesn’t require too much effort, there’s always the option of gargling lukewarm water to ease the pain. However, you should know that this technique only works short-term, so use this more as something to complement the other methods we’re talking about in this article.
Don’t be Afraid of Antiseptics
The word “antiseptic” may seem daunting when you consider how medical it sounds, but don’t worry: it’s nothing to be scared of. In fact this could help you a lot with your toothaches during pregnancy.
Particularly, antiseptics that are topical – meaning you just apply it on the surface of your tooth – could help you a lot.
In this case, try looking for benzocaine and place it on your aching tooth using a swab.
No problem here: this is the same gel we use on babies when they’re teething, so you can be sure it’s safe.
As Always, Don’t Forget the Dentist
Now, as much as home remedies can do wonders in relieving pain, we can’t simply do away with the good ol’ dental expert.
So, if your toothache doesn’t go away in a couple of days or so, then it’s time that you set a proper check-up with your dentist.
There could be a lot of reasons behind your aching tooth, so it’s best to get an expert’s opinion to address it the right and, especially, safe way.
Just don’t forget to inform them that you’re pregnant so they can adjust your treatment to your specific needs.
Why does Your Tooth Hurt, Though?
If there’s one direct reason as to why you’re having toothaches, it’s this: tooth and/or gum sensitivity.
Now, it may seem simple enough, but what’s causing the sensitivity is what you should concern yourself with. There are a lot of reasons this is happening, such as swollen gum tissues, among others.
Of course, no one is exempt from experiencing this, but being pregnant puts you more at risk of experiencing this for a variety of reasons.
Here are some of them:
Now, it’s no surprise that the female body experiences a lot of hormonal shifts during pregnancy.
Estrogen and progesterone are a couple of those things that could subtly affect your body. As such, these hormones could even cause swollen gums, which then lead to the always irritating and sometimes unbearable toothache.
So, be extra mindful of your dental health when you’re carrying a baby inside you; even the slightest particles, such as food or even your saliva, can lead to toothaches.
Since there’s a human being developing inside you, you should expect that you’ll need a boost in nutrients.
For one, your body’s calcium reserves become depleted more quickly during pregnancy because a portion of it goes into your baby.
Due to this, your bones and teeth become more vulnerable to infection and swelling, so don’t forget to stock up on calcium during this time.
Gingivitis for Pregnant Women
Now, keep in mind that gingivitis is different from pregnancy gingivitis. The latter is one of the usual reasons behind the toothache woes of pregnant women everywhere, and it’s caused by bacteria that tend to go for your gums.
As a result, they (your gums, we mean) could become soft, swollen, or bulged.
More severe cases can even lead to gum bleeding, so be sure to check with a dentist if this occurs.
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that your teeth can’t decay. It’s quite the opposite, even; pregnant women are more at risk of tooth decay because of calcium deficiency.
So, aside from taking in your much-needed dose of calcium, remember to keep sugary foods at a minimum, as these can cause plaque and therefore may lead to toothaches and tooth decay.