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A 20-year-old female asked:

Is anbesol liquid safe for my 26 week pregnant wife to rub on gums?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Delcampo
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Generally Acceptable: This is a topical medicine and if used as directed should not affect your developing baby. It has a good safety profile. Having said that you should check with your OB-GYN about this medicine and as with any other medicine used during pregnancy. God Bless and congratulations!
Dr. Katharine DeGeorge
Family Medicine 13 years experience
Probably safe: It's probably ok. We don't have any data on humans or animals so can't say for 100% certainty, but given the low level of systemic absorption it is probably safe. She could also try alternatives like rubbing ice which may also help depending on the problem she's trying to treat. Gums get more sensitive, so consider a sensitive-type toothpaste as well.
Dr. Keith Hollander
Dentistry 37 years experience
Do not exceed dosage: If she is having gum issues then she should visit the dentist. Pregnancy gingivitis is a common over reaction of the gums to local irritations. Cleanings will help. If its a tooth ache then going to have the infection or pain fixed is the best for mother and child.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Safe, but not a cure: Something is causing the soreness. If it is an infection it can harm both your wife and the baby. Anbesol blocks pain, but does not cure the cause of the pain. Should be OK to use until your wife can get in to see her Dentist, but always check meds wit OBGyn before using. It's very import to call Dentist before whatever is causing the pain gets out of hand. And congratulations on the baby.
Last updated Feb 7, 2019

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