You may be expecting right now, but you never expected to have such sensitive gums.
Sore gums are actually very common during pregnancy, usually setting in around the second trimester.
Why Gums Hurt During Pregnancy
There are a few reasons why gums may get sensitive when you’re expecting:
Why You Should Care for Your Gums During Pregnancy
Sensitive gums are at risk for disease because they overreact to plaque. Women who develop severe gum disease are then at risk for delivering premature or low birth-weight babies and developing preeclampsia.
Some bleeding and sensitivity in the gums may be normal during pregnancy. They will go back to normal after you deliver your baby. But that doesn’t mean you should brush this off as nothing to worry about. You still need to do your part to keep your gums healthy.
How to Take Care of Your Gum Health
If possible, have a dental health checkup before a planned pregnancy. It’s easier to take care of problems before you’re carrying baby. You may need an additional one or two gum health checks during the first couple trimesters.
Avoid extreme temperatures in food that may bother you. Switch to a very soft toothbrush and brush gently a few times throughout the day to reduce plaque. Get a little extra vitamin C to boost your gum health.
Call your dentist if you notice a lot of bleeding, strange growths, loose teeth, or toothaches in addition to sensitive gums. These can be signs of a cavity or gum disease.
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Precision Digital Dentistry
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Bridgewater, NJ 08807
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