What to do when you have a toothache during pregnancy
During pregnancy, you are extra careful about how you manage any disease or condition that comes your way. You avoid painkillers and other medicines during this time in order to prevent any bad effects on the developing fetus. If you encounter a toothache during this time, of course painkillers are out of the picture. However, you are in considerable pain, and want to do something about it. How to go about managing the pain of a toothache during pregnancy? You should see which items for home remedies are on hand and use them accordingly.
How does a toothache occur during pregnancy?
A toothache during pregnancy can be due to many different reasons. There may be the usual tooth decay or gum disease, an abscess or a decaying wisdom tooth. The toothache may be triggered by decreased calcium levels in the body or by hormone imbalance, in which increased levels of estrogen and progesterone can increase the likelihood of developing dental decay, tooth sensitivity and gum disease.
Is a toothache during pregnancy dangerous?
If the cause of the toothache becomes advanced, the infection may spread and in turn harm the developing fetus. It is a good idea to get an appointment with the dentist to treat your dental problem so that it does not develop further.
How to manage toothache during pregnancy
You may not be able to see your dentist as soon as your tooth starts to hurt. You can’t take painkillers either, so you need to use different home remedies to relieve the toothache. These home remedies will alleviate the pain without causing any harm to the baby. While you will get relief for your pain through these methods, make sure to go through with your dentist’s appointment in order to treat the cause of the toothache itself.
- Applying clove to the tooth: You can use clove or clove oil for the pain in your tooth. You can apply it directly by chewing a clove or you can wet a ball of cotton in clove oil and apply it to your tooth. The clove or clove oil will reduce bacterial activity through its antiseptic action and thereby reduce the pain in your tooth.
- Applying heat to the area of the face near the tooth: You can place a towel in warm water and hold it to the face next to the tooth that hurts. The pain will reduce once the heat reaches the tooth.
- Applying cold sensation to the tooth or the face: Alternatively, you can use cold instead, by placing a towel in ice cold water or by using a cold pack and holding it to your cheek next to the painful tooth. You can also use cold directly by putting an ice cube or ice chips in your mouth on the tooth that hurts. The cold will directly reach the tooth and reduce the toothache.
- Chewing or placing a slice of onion on the tooth: If you are able to bite down with the affected tooth, you can chew a slice of raw onion on the side of the mouth of the painful tooth. If the tooth hurts too much to bite down on it, you can place the slice of onion on top of the tooth without biting down on it.
- Chewing or placing a clove of garlic on the tooth: Similar to the use of onion, you may either chew a clove of garlic directly on the side of the painful tooth. If you are not able to chew on the side of the painful tooth, you can place garlic directly on the tooth and let it act on the tooth. Garlic has an antiseptic effect on the tooth and reduces bacterial action in the mouth, which helps to reduce the pain of the toothache.
- Chewing guava leaves or rinsing the mouth with boiled guava leaf water: Making sure to clean the guava leaves thoroughly first, you can put one in your mouth and chew it to release the juices, which will help reduce the pain in the tooth. Alternatively, you can boil some water, add guava leaves and some salt to it, wait until the resulting mixture cools down, strain out the guava leaves and rinse your mouth with the boiled guava leaf water. You can rinse your mouth with the boiled guava leaf water multiple times in order to make sure that it has a good effect on the painful tooth.
- Chewing spinach leaves or applying spinach leaf paste: After cleaning the spinach leaves with water, you can chew the spinach leaves on the side of the mouth that hurts. Another way to use spinach leaves is to cut them up and boil them to make a paste out of them, then apply that paste to the affected tooth in order to alleviate the toothache.
- Do not eat sweet foods and avoid sugar: Even though different food cravings are famous during pregnancy, one craving to avoid is for sugary foods. This is because sugar can worsen the state of a tooth in which the decay process has already started, making it begin hurting significantly. This happens due to the sugar content in the food coating the teeth and acting as material for the bacteria present in the mouth to act upon and release acids which damage the tooth structure. If the decay process has already started in a tooth, the sugary coating will further aggravate the condition by giving more material for the attacking bacteria to work with. Therefore, you should avoid the temptation of sweet and sugary foods during pregnancy for the sake of sparing yourself the pain of toothache.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water: One way to reduce bacterial activity in your mouth as well as remove food particles which may be stuck between the teeth is to rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
While you are already being careful during pregnancy, it is important to take care of your dental health as well by going to your dentist at the first sign of toothache and using home remedies like the ones described above to manage the toothache in the time until your dental appointment.