Treatment of teeth during breastfeeding

  • Why do my teeth hurt?
  • In the office at the dentist's office
  • Anesthesia
  • X-ray and removal
  • Prohibited procedures
  • Anesthesia at home
  • Prevention

Women often have to treat their teeth with breastfeeding. And this is not surprising. After all, during pregnancy, calcium deficiency in the body could form, and breastfeeding only aggravates this process. If the pregnant woman does not receive enough calcium through food or taking vitamin complexes, the child will still receive it from the parent stores - teeth and bones. That's just my mother risks once again be in the chair at the dentist.

What should I do? Refuse breastfeeding? Of course not! And we will not ignore the visit to the dental office either. In this article, we will look at how to properly treat dentistry during breastfeeding, what procedures can be done, and with what it is worth while to wait.

Why do my teeth hurt?

As we have already said, the main reason for the aggravation of dent

al problems during the lactation period is a lack of calcium. This building element is simply necessary for strong tooth enamel. If it is not enough, the enamel becomes fragile, unstable to the destructive effect of acids. And when the enamel softens, there is a high probability that caries will soon develop.

In the case when the mother is afraid to go to the dentist and for a while suffers, the development of complications characterized by the inflammatory process of the deep layers of periodontal tissue( periodontitis) or the tissues of the tooth itself( pulpitis) is possible. In rare cases, with a very neglected condition, inflammation can spread even to the brain area.

The destruction of the enamel is gradual, and the sooner you turn to the dentist, the easier it will be to cure the affected tooth.

. In the dentist's office.

. So, dental treatment with breastfeeding is the right decision. To treat a teeth it is possible and it is necessary. All the basic manipulations do not pose a threat to either the mother or the child. The action of the used anesthetic agents is local, therefore it is completely compatible with lactation.

The most important thing that a woman needs to do when sitting down in an armchair - do not forget to say that she is a nursing mother. Then the doctor will be able to take into account all the nuances and make the treatment safe from all sides.

If the mother has informed the doctor about her special situation, she does not need to worry and delve into all medical terms, figuring out the details in all procedures. Nevertheless, it would be nice to have a general idea of ​​the main of them, to have an inner certainty that everything is going right. The first thing we'll look at is pain medications.


Anesthesia is used in dentistry when the nerve is injured, the deep tissues of the tooth are damaged or its removal is required. Sometimes anesthetic is used in case of strong emotional discomfort of the patient.

Some mothers refuse anesthesia, believing that in this way they will protect the baby from exposure to a "harmful" substance. However, this can become a bearish service. The fact is that under the influence of fear, a dose of adrenaline is thrown into the blood. This not only affects lactation, leading to vessel spasms and decreased milk production, but also to the child's well-being. Penetrating into the milk, and then into the baby's body, adrenaline works in such a way that the crumb becomes tense and moody. As a result, harm from anesthesia failure will be greater than if it were done.

One of the authorized anesthetics for breastfeeding

Modern medicine has different types of anesthesia, and it is not difficult to find the right one for dental treatment with breastfeeding. Consider three of them:

  • Ultracaine DS .The composition of the drug includes articaine( actually anesthetic) and epinephrine( vasoconstrictor, preventing the ingress of a large amount of anesthetic into the blood).Due to the presence of epinephrine, side effects are reduced several times. Ultracaine is fully compatible with breastfeeding, since it does not enter the milk.
  • Ubistesin 1: 200000 .The composition is almost identical to Ultracaine. The main rule is that the concentration of epinephrine should not exceed 1: 200,000.
  • Lidocaine .Absolutely suitable for the lactation period. Milk penetrates the substance in small quantities, but its safety can be judged at least from the fact that lidocaine is part of children's gels to facilitate teething that has been resolved since the age of 4 months.

Sometimes Scandonest or Mepivastesin is used as an analgesic( there is no epinephrine or epinephrine in these medications), but the use of these substances is undesirable, since the absence of the vasoconstrictor leads to the absorption of an anesthetic into the blood, which means it will also enter the milk.

X-ray and removal of

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A doctor usually sends a patient to an X-ray in the following situations:

  • for complete information about the condition of the tooth;
  • determination of the depth of carious cavities;
  • when you need to remove the wisdom tooth in order to find out the number and nature of the location of its roots;
  • needs to find out if there are cysts on the roots;
  • for determining the quality of canal filling.

Such a survey is completely acceptable and does not affect the quality and quantity of milk. Moreover, during the X-ray radiation, a protective lead apron is worn on the mother's breast in the chest area, and the X-ray itself acts on the specific area( the tooth that hurts and the 2-3 adjacent ones are exposed to irradiation).

It's true that during breastfeeding, the breast of a nursing woman is exposed to more radiation than in a normal situation. But if all the security measures are observed, it will not cause harm to the body, and the removal of the tooth will have a good reason.

X-ray of the tooth
When radiographing the teeth, the dose of radiation is negligible

The procedure for removal is no different from the conventional one. The patient is given a local anesthesia, allowed in her case, after which the diseased root is removed. Mom should think over their food for the next 2-3 days, so that it remains so balanced, despite the fact that hard food for a while will have to be abandoned.

In some situations, treatment involves taking a course of antibiotics. Of course, only the doctor deals with them. Treatment with antibacterial drugs of the penicillin series( Augmentin, Amoxiclav), for the most part, does not require the cessation of lactation. If cephalosporins( Ceftriaxone, Cefepime) or macrolides( Azithromycin, Clacid) are prescribed, the dentist will decide whether it is possible to continue lactation or temporarily decant.

Prohibited procedures

It is not recommended to perform teeth whitening during the lactation period. Over a snow-white smile you can work with special pastes and chewing gums.

Another procedure under the ban - the installation of implants. It always implies taking antibiotics and increases the risk of infection. So it's better to wait a little longer.

Anesthesia at home

Toothache always develops suddenly, and as long as you have the opportunity to visit a dentist, you want to somehow ease this pain. A lactating woman can take dental drops or take a paracetamol or ibuprofen-based remedy.

You can read about what pain medications are allowed during lactation here.

Mom with child
Mom needs to eat well and varied in order to monitor their health.


In order to be as small as possible in an armchair with a dentist, the following recommendations should be fulfilled:

  • in time to visit the dentist before and during pregnancy in order to identify caries at an early stage;
  • periodically check the condition of old seals;
  • thoroughly clean teeth with fluoride-containing paste;
  • to get enough calcium and fluoride through food( cottage cheese, whey, eggs, fish), as well as by taking a vitamin and mineral complex for pregnant women.

Let's summarize. Toothache during breastfeeding can make life difficult for a woman, but this is no reason not to go to the dentist. The kid needs a healthy and happy mother, who does not have anything to hurt.