Pregnancy & Gum disease
If you are pregnant, congratulations! This is an exciting time, with many changes to your life and your body.
But did you know that changing hormone levels can lead to new dental problems?
Approximately half of all pregnant women experience red puffy and tender gums that may bleed easily. This is known as pregnancy gingivitis.
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can be controlled with good oral hygiene. So, pay special attention to your dental hygiene routine at home while you are expecting. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to a more serious form of gum disease, called periodontitis, which affects the tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place.
Fortunately, many dental problems can be safely treated during pregnancy. So, don’t put off seeing your dentist be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant and about any medications you are taking.
For the best oral health during pregnancy, follow these tips. Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, use an antimicrobial mouth rinse, eat a healthy diet, take your prenatal vitamins and see your dentist for cleanings during your pregnancy. Think of a dental check-up as an important part of your prenatal care.