If I Have an Abscess Tooth Can It Affect My Child If Im Breast Feeding?

Updated on August 26, 2016
E.B. asks from Tampa, FL
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I have an abscess tooth and I'm wondering if it will affect my child because I'm breast feeding and the dentist wont see me until I'm completely healed from my C section

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I found a different dentist and got the tooth removed thank you all for the feed back

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answers from New York on

I have had abscess 2 months after c section and I was breast feeding. My dentist prescribed antibiotics for the infection and I was okay to breast feed while on antibiotic. I realized that my regular vitamins do not have calcium. I started to take calcium with vitamin D that helped me a lot with teeth and gums. How far along you from section? Did you speak about this with dentist/ dentist office?

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answers from Portland on

Your dentist won't see you until c section is healed!.Really? You need to be on antibiotics. An abess is an infection that can spread to other parts of your body like your heart. If not treated you can lose your tooth. The infection can involve other teeth. It could sap your energy. If dentist hasn't seen you, how do you know it's an abcess? Did you tell him you wouldn't take antibiotics because you're nursing. Did he say that not taking antibiotics would be OK, or did he say you're taking a risk and it's your decision?

I can't tell from your post if you've gotten information from a doctor.

Only a medical doctor can answer your question. I would be concerned about my own health first.

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answers from Portland on

This doesn't make much sense to me either.

An infection's an infection. Needs to be treated.

I don't follow why the C-section has to be healed. How much longer till it's healed completely? Aren't you in pain?

I had infection after my last baby, an it was from my c-section but spread. So I was put on antibiotics. Throughout (before I knew how bad it was) and during the antibiotics, I was encouraged to breastfeed - by my doctors.

I would talk to your doctor if you have concerns about the breastfeeding. As for the tooth, I'd see someone else - unless there's another reason not mentioned here. Why live with the pain and possible spreading of infection?

Sounds like you need another opinion. Good luck :)

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answers from Chicago on

If your dentist will not see you at all, I would find another dentist. If he doesn't want to treat it until your healed, then he should at least give antibiotics. I had an infection when I was pregnant with my oldest while pregnant. Because I was high risk, the most they would do was a cleaning. I did get antibiotics though until after they were born-and I finished post natal care since I had a c at the time.

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answers from Washington DC on

for real?
get a new dentist.
skeptical S.

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answers from Dallas on

You need to see your Dr. An abscess is not something to take lightly. Any knife toon in your mouth can turn horribly wrong if you don't address it asap.

You need to be on RX. I'd speak with my Dr and dentist to get this under control before things get worse.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

Please do not listen to this dentist. They should have you on very very good antibiotics. A little 9 year old boy was lost a few years ago due to an abscessed tooth.

They are very dangerous. The infection is very close to the brain and if it gets in your blood in the slightest amount it can infect your brain and you'll be lost too. If it gets in your blood and goes down instead of up you can end up with that infection in your heart, again, you'd be gone.

It doesn't matter if you're healing from a C-section or breastfeeding. If this abscess is bad enough they need to have you on super antibiotics so you don't die, okay? So you stay alive to take care of your child. IF the antibiotics require you to stop nursing your child then you do that so you don't risk not being there for them at all their entire life.

Call your OB/GYN and ask for antibiotics. You can't see the dentist for WORK on the tooth until the infection is gone. That's why you should have been given the antibiotics when you called your dentist.

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answers from Washington DC on

welcome to mamapedia!

If your abscess bursts? It will release toxins in your blood stream.

I've never heard of a dentist withholding treatment. Find a new dentist.

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answers from Washington DC on

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answers from New York on

I'm not familiar with the specifics but the kellymom website is an excellent and thorough resource for breastfeeding. Also call your local la leche league for breastfeeding advice (24/7) (877-4 laleche).

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answers from Chicago on

My daughter got an abscess tooth after her wisdom teeth were pulled. She ended up in the hospital for a week. She had to have surgery with 2 Dr's and they found the infection very close to her heart.

Your dentist doesn't make any sense, this isn't something to play around with. Find a new dentist.

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answers from Muncie on

I had an abscess when my oldest child was 4 months and I was breastfeeding him. I was given antibiotics but my son was allergic to them. I pumped and dumped while I was on them and I had my tooth worked on as soon as the infection was gone. I would call the dentist and say it's either antibiotics or I am finding another dentist! Unfreakingbelievable.

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