CAN MY TOOTH BE EX­TRACTED?

Your Pregnancy - - Q & A -

Q: I’m five months preg­nant. I have ter­ri­ble toothache that af­fects my ton­sils. The tooth needs to be re­moved, but I’ve heard that you shouldn’t re­move a tooth dur­ing preg­nancy. A: Tina an­swers: Good den­tal health dur­ing preg­nancy is more im­por­tant than you think. If you have an in­fected tooth that is af­fect­ing your ton­sils it has to be dealt with and in­deed may have to be ex­tracted. Oral hy­gien­ists urge moth­ers-to-be to visit with a hy­gien­ist at least twice in preg­nancy. If pain con­tin­ues de­spite the care you are tak­ing con­sult with your den­tist as soon as pos­si­ble so that a course of ac­tion can be de­cided upon. Due to the ac­tion and in­flu­ence of the preg­nancy hor­mones and the in­creased blood flow in your en­tire body in­clud­ing your mouth, gums be­come softer, more swollen and sen­si­tive than usual. Dur­ing preg­nancy is one time when you must not put off go­ing to the den­tist even if it seems that there is no prob­lem, but es­pe­cially if there is a prob­lem. Ad­vise your den­tist that you are preg­nant be­fore get­ting any­thing done. It is bet­ter to wait un­til af­ter your baby has been born to have any elec­tive den­tal treat­ment, but if you suf­fer any den­tal trauma such as a bro­ken tooth or an ab­scess or in your case an in­fected tooth, get it sorted im­me­di­ately. In most cases avoid den­tal X-rays, but if there is a par­tic­u­lar need for them, dis­cuss this with your den­tist.

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