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8 months pregnant. Pericoronitis in lower wisdom teeth. Yellow discharge causing foul breath. Will pus harm baby?

I believe i have pericoronitis in my left lower wisdom tooth . There is no pain but if i push on my gums around my wisdom tooth a yellow, smelly fluid comes out. Its causing me to have foul breath and a bad taste in my mouth from time to time. I went to the dentist , he took xrays and said it was not infected and was unable to pull it because my insurance would not cover it unless it was infected. Im very worried that it is in fact infected, as i am 8 weeks pregnant. I am worried that by swallowing this fluid its getting into my bloodstream and will harm the baby. What should i do?
Asked On : Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello there,

Welcome to the forum,

The area surrounding the wisdom tooth is difficult to clean and often invites bacterial infection leading inflammation, swelling of the surrounding tissues known as Pericoronitis. Pus formation can be due to food accumulation.
Best treatment for pericoronitis is extraction of wisdom tooth, but it cannot be done right now.
As you have mentioned that you are 8 months pregnant, so extra care should be taken, i would suggest you to take a course of antibiotics consulting to your OBGYN.
You can plan for the removal of the tooth after the delivary of your child.
Till then take lukewarm saline rinses 3-4 times daily to give a soothing effect,
take antiseptic mouthwash rinses twice daily to prevent superinfection.
Maintain a very good oral hygiene.
Avoid eating from the affected side.

Take care!
Answered: Sun, 28 Jul 2013
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Dentist Dr. Prachi Mishra's  Response
hi & thanks for posting query
congrats to you and your family
you have to take great care of your teeth during pregnancy. take more care to maintain oral hygiene....
you can go for scaling in the region from where the pus is coming out.
do warm saline rinses 2-3 times daily.
avoid any exposures to x rays.
also you can use simple betadine rinses.... listerine mouth wash will help to remove bad odour. get your complete oral check up done by a dentist. try to maintain a healthy mouth all these nine months of pregnancy....
wish you good luck and a haelthy life ahead
Answered: Sat, 27 Jul 2013
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OBGYN Dr. Timothy Raichle's  Response
Hello, I would be happy to help you with your question.

There is no doubt that tooth disease is associated with problems in pregnancy. Typically this might be related to preterm labor. I cannot imagine how "pus" is not a sign of infection. This needs to be addressed and treated. You need a second opinion. The problem is not related to pus that you swallow, but rather related to small amounts of bacteria that get into your bloodstream when you brush.

I hope that this helps. Good luck!
Answered: Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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