How to deal with unbearable tooth pain during pregnancy?

Sep 15, 2022 | Blog

Congrats, you’re pregnant! Well, as blessed as this phase is, it does come with some complications, such as breathlessness, swollen feet, etc. Although tooth pain is a common symptom when you are pregnant, it gets unheard of until it becomes unbearable.

Home Remedies to Manage Tooth Pain While Being Pregnant

Many women tend to stay away from dental treatments during this period and would bear the pain happily.

However, just because you do not want to take medicinal drugs does not mean you suffer from tooth pain while being pregnant. There are a lot of things you can do for a toothache during pregnancy.

Regularly Brush and Floss In Gentle Motion

Women must have an adequate and consistent oral hygiene routine. One of the easiest methods is to brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently scrape off food debris that may cause plaque or tartar.

Saltwater Gargle Rinse

The salt water solution is more like a holy grail in terms of home remedies to treat toothaches during pregnancy. Its antibacterial nature and ability to lower down swelling are the main reasons for its popularity.


You may consider it odd, but garlic is an antibacterial and a safe option for pregnant women trying to avoid medications in case of tooth pain or jaw discomfort.

Diet Modification

Lastly, change your eating pattern. Women eat more, consuming high amounts of sugar and acid contents, causing physiological and oral damage. You do not need to eat more; you only have to incorporate healthy items. It is necessary to keep your diet balanced and include every food group in moderation.

What’s The Link Between Tooth Pain and Pregnancy?

In this magical journey, keeping your oral and overall health in to-tier condition throughout gestation is important.

Some reasons that lead to unbearable tooth pain while a woman is pregnant:

  • Morning sickness – constant interaction of gastric acidic with the tooth causing sensitivity or caries, leading to tooth pain.
  • Diet during pregnancy – pregnant women, are made to eat high fats and dairy for a healthy baby; this increases their risk of developing dental problems and unbearable tooth pain.
  • Calcium for fetal growth – your baby needs calcium to grow and would take it from within your body structures like bones or teeth if need be, thus, making your toothache.
  • Gum changes during pregnancy – your gum tissues become sensitive, which may cause bleeding while brushing or flossing.

Pregnancy Gingivitis and Toothache

Gingivitis is gum inflammation and is quite common during pregnancy. It is most likely pregnancy gingivitis if you have symptoms like tooth pain, swollen gums, or gum bleeding with irritation.

While pregnant, it is not safe to bear unbearable tooth pain. You must seek your dentist immediately for relief since there is a risk of tooth decay involved.

Additionally, pregnancy gingivitis can potentially harm the baby and lead to pre-term birth.

Final Words

Pregnant women would rather suffer than take painkillers for their unbearable tooth pain. You should know that most dental treatments are totally safe during pregnancy. Therefore, don’t wait until the baby comes for relief. Either go for home remedies or call the dentist from Champions Dental to help you with the best treatment plan.

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, a Texas native with roots in the Rio Grande Valley, boasts a diverse educational and professional background. After completing his Biology degree at Texas A&M, he transitioned from teaching to dentistry, earning his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Garza’s commitment to excellence for over 15 years, is evident through his extensive education in various dental specialities, culminating in prestigious accolades like the Fellowship Award in 2016 and the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, achieved by less than 2% of dentists. 


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