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How Gums Can Change During Pregnancy

Posted on 7/7/2020 by Dr. Chapko
How Gums Can Change During PregnancyThere are a lot of changes that happen to your body during pregnancy and your gums are no different. Today we will be going over what your gums can experience during pregnancy and how to minimize these effects.

Hormones Cause Greater Risk Of Getting Gingivitis

Pregnancy causes an increase in hormones and blood flow, which in turn puts pregnant women at extremely high risk for gingivitis. Don't worry too much though, 40% of women who are pregnant experience this and it is referred to as “pregnancy gingivitis”. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums with symptoms that include swollen, tender gums that bleed easily.

How To Prevent Pregnancy Gingivitis

This increase in increased risk is why oral care is especially important during pregnancy. The better you take care of your oral health, the less chance there is in developing pregnancy gingivitis.

Intense food cravings are part of pregnancy and are one of the reasons why so many succumb to gum disease. You may not be able to help with cravings, but if you are craving unhealthy foods such as ice cream and potato chips consistently, try finding the closest healthier alternatives such as Greek yogurt and carrots n' hummus.

Next, it is vital to practice strict dental hygiene, even if you have developed early stages of gum disease, it can be reversed with brushing twice a day with an extra soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing once per day. This is also a good tip for daily life after pregnancy as well!

Come To Us If You Are Experiencing Severe Gum Disease

If your gum disease has advanced to the later stages, please don't delay and see us. You can call our office during our open hours and we will swiftly book an appointment for you. Treating gum disease is one of the ways to make this time of your life a smoother ride!
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