Toothaches With Pregnancy: Causes and Treatments

Toothaches With Pregnancy: Causes and Treatments

February 18, 2021

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. You’re literally bringing new life into the world. If this is your first time being pregnant, just know that you’re about to experience a multitude of new things. Emotions and aches of every sort could be flooding your life soon. One not-so-known symptom of pregnancy is an increase in toothaches.

Why do your teeth hurt during pregnancy?

Your body is being put through the wringer as it creates a comfortable home for your baby. While it’s doing so, your hormone levels increase and can lead to tooth pain and other dental symptoms. Some symptoms to look out for are:
  • Gum disease – You may experience sore gums during pregnancy. The changes in our hormones during pregnancy make us more susceptible to gingivitis, which leaves gums sore and tender.
  • Increase in plaque buildup – Because of the hormonal craziness that comes with pregnancy, your body doesn’t respond to plaque as strongly while pregnant as it would otherwise. If left untreated, this extra plaque buildup could lead to tartar and increase your chances of tooth decay.
  • Morning sickness – We’ve all seen the movies. Morning sickness is just a reality we have to face with pregnancy, especially during the initial trimesters. It’s important to brush with acid-neutralizing toothpaste to eliminate any stomach acids brought up during morning sickness.

How to treat toothaches during pregnancy

We’ll cover some at-home treatments for dealing with toothaches while pregnant…but who would we be if we didn’t remind you that the safest and most effective solution for dealing with toothaches is to come see Dr. Powell or one of our hygienists. Most of the dental procedures like dental cleanings are perfectly safe for you and your child. Just let us know that you’re expecting, and we’ll take extra of you and your child.

  • Milk – Milk contains two core helpers: calcium and vitamin k, both of which are great for gum health. To reduce gum bleeding or inflammation, drink a warm glass of milk twice a day. Just don’t forget to brush your teeth afterwards to prevent any plaque build-up after drinking milk.
  • Pomegranate – Pomegranate juice helps fight buildup of plaque and other bacterial infections. Opt for the sugar-free juice when picking yours up.
  • Clove – Clove or clove oil can be applied on the tooth for quick relief.

Preventing toothaches while pregnant

  • Brush twice a day. Preferably with toothpaste made for tooth and gum sensitivity.
  • Pick up a toothbrush with soft bristles or switch to an electric toothbrush with a sensitivity mode.
  • Rinse with mouthwash 

Don’t get behind on your dental appointments. Let our team know you’re expecting, and we’ll be able to give you the best dental care for expecting mothers. 

Talk To Dr. Tanya About Your Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant and worried about oral hygiene, talk to Dr. Tanya on your next visit and ask what she recommends for you. Give us a call at (402) 488-2383 or fill out our form here to schedule your next visit.

Cherry Hill Dentistry, located in Lincoln, NE, provides exceptional general dental and specialty services for our community.

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