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A 19-year-old female asked:

I have really bad toothache and i ate about 4times tylenol (acetaminophen) nd i'm pregnant is that going to harm me or my baby?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Pregnant dental care: I wouldn't worry. See a dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause of your dental problem and get appropriate treatment. Most dental treatment can be performed while pregnant. There is generally more danger to not getting treatment. All this can be worked out with the approval of your Obstetrician.
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Dr. SHERYL POMERANCE
Cosmetic Dentistry 42 years experience
agreed. don't worry about the one time large dosage of acetaminophen. just don't do it again. see your dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause of your toothache. in order to be a good mother you should take good care of yourself first.
Jun 2, 2014
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Toothache & pregnant: If you are pregnant and have a toothache, do not hesitate to take an appointment with your dentist notifying him/her that you are pregnant. Ignore the widely spread misconception that you should not have dental treatment during pregnancy because it could harm the fetus. See your dentist ASAP.
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
No, but: Safe: Reg/extra-strength Tylenol. Follow dosage/bottle & you'll be okay. Other pain relievers—eg ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil), naproxen (Aleve)—can trigger decrease in amniotic fluid level 3rd trimester (less cushion for baby, more pressure on lifeline, the umbilical cord). Advil may also make a vessel in baby's heart close prematurely & cause developmental issues in later stages of pregnancy.
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Last updated Nov 6, 2016

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