You know you’re expecting a happy addition to your family within several brief months. But what you may not be expecting are the sudden changes in your gum health. Is pregnancy gingivitis really that bad?
The Fun with Hormones
As you likely know, a developing baby causes all sorts of hyped-up hormone action. You’re noticing changes in energy, mood, and appetite, to name a few. How about your gums? They are (unfortunately) no exception. The increased flow of hormones can make your gums incredibly more sensitive to the presence of bacteria in your mouth.
While gums are typically more sensitive around the second to ninth month of pregnancy, the hormones themselves don’t cause the increase in bleeding and inflammation. These are triggered by the presence of bacteria. Your gums will probably just overreact now more than before. In fact, shortly before or just after your baby is born you may notice this hypersensitivity completely disappear.
Can You Do Anything?
Yes: keep your teeth and gums clean! The fewer bacteria near your gums, the less inflammation there will be. Stick to a regular routine of brushing and flossing. Your dentist and hygienist may even recommend that you come in for an extra cleaning before the baby is born just to make sure that your gums stay as healthy as possible.
The Risks Involved
Dismissing pregnancy induced gingivitis as a mere passing phase could have a major negative impact on your pregnancy. If you have a history of gum disease that continues on during pregnancy, this could result in an increased risk of premature birth or having a baby with a low birth weight. Contact your local dental office to schedule a prenatal gum evaluation to ensure the best health for you and your baby.
Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
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