Pregnancy and Gingivitis

When you’re pregnant you do all you can to keep you and your unborn baby healthy. Prenatal vitamins, a good diet, and exercise can all help to keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy. But you may notice that your gums are swollen and red. You may even experience some bleeding of the gums while brushing. And maybe you’ve never experienced this before. You may be suffering from pregnancy gingivitis.

Due to changing hormones during your pregnancy, specifically progesterone, your gums can suffer from an increased response to bacteria in the mouth due to plaque buildup. This, in turn, causes gingivitis. The signs of gingivitis are:

  •      Bad breath
  •      Swollen gums
  •      Tender gums
  •      Red gums
  •      Gums that bleed during brushing

If you are pregnant and showing signs of gingivitis, be sure to speak with your dental professional. Gingivitis is easily treatable during pregnancy. Your dentist may recommend the following to help treat gingivitis while pregnant:

  1. Proper brushing twice each day
  2. The use of oral care products designed to treat and prevent gum disease
  3. Rinsing with mouthwash after brushing to remove additional bacteria
  4. Flossing daily
  5. Eating a healthy diet and limiting sugar intake
  6. Additional dental visits during your pregnancy for cleanings

When you’re pregnant be sure to inform your dentist about your pregnancy and seek treatment if showing signs of gingivitis. Remember, your dentist is a vital part of your health care team along with proper at-home dental hygiene.