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Will it harm my baby if I have abscess teeth while pregnant

A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Infection can spread: Disease of teeth and gums can affect health of a person in many ways, eg, difficulty eating, spreading infection, later chronic illness. If pregnant, ... Read More
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
It could.: A few years ago the focus was on prevention of preterm birth by proper dental hygiene. This was explored by several investigators and, despite initial ... Read More
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Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience Prosthodontics
Possible: Any infection can be passed along to the unborn child. An abscessed tooth is infected and this is in your blood stream which is connected to your baby ... Read More

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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Why take a chance: An abscess is an infection. Please have it treated. Ask your obgyn for surgical referral.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fay Gyapong
30 years experience Dentistry
Risk: I do not know of any interventive treatment with no risks. In your situation obviously if you had treatment prior to conception that would have been ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Brodsky
57 years experience Dentistry
Get dental care.: The risk to the baby is to not get rid of the infection. Have the tooth treated.
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Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
See a dentist: The stress and infection of the abscess may be worse then having it treated. A dentist should be able to help you with a minimal amount of risk.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Feldman
42 years experience Orthodontics
Treat: Definitely should treat-whether root canal or extraction- check with your dds and have him check with your OB re: antibiotics.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Wouldn't think so: What you describe does not bring any concerns to mind. The type of paints kids have access to are non toxic & for something to affect baby the mat ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Relax: Even if you took the full dose of the med yourself there are no controlled studies in humans that show a risk to the fetus.An exposure as you describe ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Not likely: It is unlikely to cause problems for your pregnancy, but your dentist will not be wanting to do anything about it until you are delivered.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Probably not: Dental x-rays are extremely low in today's digital age, not much different than background radiation. Report your scenario to your OBGyn. And "I for ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonna Larsh
29 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Any serious infection could cause premature labor. Antibiotics will often keep a dental abscess at bay until it can be definitively treated. It is p ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Unlikely: An abscess is a localized problem, where the germs are contained within the rhine or shell like outer lining of the infection. To effect baby, germs m ... Read More

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