If you are pregnant, you may have noticed that your gums are more sensitive, or seem a bit ‘puffy’ to you. If this is happening, you may have the common condition called ‘pregnancy induced gingivitis’. Pregnancy gingivitis is thought to be caused from the additional hormones your body is making to help keep baby healthy and to grow during this time. Unfortunately, this extra growth that is occurring is also making your gums ‘grow’ faster.
Pregnancy gingivitis is actually inflammation of the gums. This inflammation causes the gums and gum lines to swell and become tender. Pregnant women may also notice that their gums bleed a little bit easier or more frequently, or that they seem to have a bit of blood on their dental floss after flossing each day, or even that they have a little blood when brushing their teeth.
The first step in treating pregnancy induced gingivitis is to continue your home dental care. Brushing at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a day will make a big difference. It is important to continue this, even if your gums are sensitive.
See your dentist if your gums are sensitive. If pregnancy gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to more serious periodontal disease. There are anti-microbial rinses that can be used to help treat this gingivitis that your dentist can recommend, and in some cases, more frequent dental cleanings are the best approach.
When you are pregnant, don’t forget to make your dentist part of your health care team. Working together with your obstetrician and dentist will help you and baby have the best possible outcomes.
Posted on the behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center
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