What is a toothache?
A toothache is an extreme feeling of sensitivity on your gums and teeth. A toothache stimulates a sharp, shooting pain in the teeth, which also causes pain in your face and jaws. The gum tissues are swollen up and if it is untreated, then it can cause infection in tissues (a dental abscess).
A toothache happens to everyone, of all ages. Many pregnant women also get affected by the problem of a toothache. The reason for toothaches while pregnant is usually because of swollen gums and sore teeth. A toothache during early pregnancy is really exasperating because it can give out more stress to the expectant mother. A toothache can also affect the fetus since oral condition and the premature infant is connected together.
What is the cause of a toothache during pregnancy?
Here are the causes of a toothache during pregnancy:
(1) Changes in pregnancy hormones
Hormonal changes happen in a woman while pregnant. Emission of estrogens and progesterone hormones takes place during pregnancy. The change in hormones causes some physical changes in the expectant mother affecting swollen gums. This creates an easy way for the food particles to cause irritation to the gum and that grows into a toothache and gum infection.
(2) Loss of calcium during pregnancy
The calcium level in the body decreases while pregnant. The fetus in the pregnant woman’s womb needs lots of calcium in order to strengthen their bones. Hence, if an expectant mother has a calcium deficiency in her body, then she can feel a toothache.
(3) Pregnancy gingivitis
Many pregnant women experience the pregnancy gingivitis and it is a common gum problem. Bacterial assault on the gum causes the pregnancy gingivitis. This type of gingivitis basically includes bulge and softness in gum and swelling. During gum disease, while pregnant, the woman can also suffer from bleeding gums at night. The infected, swollen gum will be in color red.
(4) Tooth decay while pregnant
A woman during pregnancy is tempted towards eating sweet and sugary foods. Consuming more of these sweet foods will grow in leading to tooth decay. Hence, a woman can get tooth decay or a wisdom toothache while pregnant.
(5) A pregnancy tumor
A toothache while pregnant can lead to serious problems for the expectant mother. The swollen gums due to the excess plaque level between the teeth can cause tumors. But this type of tumor shrinks once the infant is born. If your tumor causes some uneasiness when brushing your teeth and while chewing food, then you can choose for the tooth extraction.
What can I take for a toothache during pregnancy?
Here is what to do for a toothache during pregnancy:
(1) Rinse after every meal.
For a toothache, while pregnant, an effective remedy for pain relief is to rinse your mouth with water after each meal. The benefit of rinsing is that it soothes your tooth pain and gets rid of the bacteria from your mouth. Here is the very simple technique for rinsing. The only thing you must do is to take 1-cup of lukewarm water and 1-teaspoon of salt and mix it. Then do rinsing for about 30 seconds, ensuring you don’t swallow the water. You can also mix 1-teaspoon of lemon juice and honey in the warm water and after that rinse for 30 seconds.
(2) Place cloves between your painful teeth.
While pregnant a clove is the most effective natural home medicine to get pain relief. Squash a clove and put it between your painful teeth. Let the clove liquid flow in your mouth. Within an hour, you will feel a kind relief from your pain. You can also make use of a clove oil as a toothache remedy. Just take a cotton ball and dip it in the clove oil and put it in your teeth. It will soothe the teeth.
(3) Numb with a cotton cloth.
This medication will also help you deal with a toothache while pregnant. Take a plastic bag and place some ice and wrap it in a towel or cotton cloth. Then place that ice pack on your painful tooth and rest it. This helps in numbing your tooth pain. You can also make use of cold beverages like slushies and ice pops for this remedy.
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