Dental Tips Blog

Aug
2

Is It Normal for Gums to Hurt During Pregnancy?

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:

  • Increased levels of hormones
  • Blood vessels throughout the body are enlarged to promote circulation
  • Bouts of dry mouth
  • Snacking habits promote bacterial plaque growth

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206 Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Nov
23

Pregnancy Induced Gingivitis

Posted in Periodontics

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
(618) 622-5050 

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