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Swollen gums during pregnancy

Posted on 8/8/2022 by Northstar Dental
Swollen gums during pregnancyPregnancy is an exciting experience for every woman. However, this wonderful chance to bring a human life into existence is characterized by unique challenges. You will experience many new symptoms and conditions during pregnancy, primarily attributed to the extreme changes in your hormonal levels.

Our specialists explain that the progesterone production rate is very high during pregnancy. As much as the hormone is essential for proper fetal development, it makes you more susceptible to gum disease.

Variations of gum disease

The high progesterone levels during pregnancy may cause you to develop gingivitis, a mild gum disease. Gingivitis develops when a thin film of bacteria accumulates on your gum line. The bacteria on your gum makes them swollen and tender, causing them to bleed when you brush or floss your teeth.
If not addressed, gingivitis develops into periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. Periodontitis is a very harmful dental issue for pregnant women as it may lead to complications such as premature birth, restriction of fetal growth, and underweight infants.

How to prevent gum disease during pregnancy

We recommend practicing good dental hygiene throughout pregnancy to avoid gum disease and other dental problems that may harm your child. Proper dental care includes brushing your teeth, gums, and tongue at least twice a day, using dental floss to clean between your teeth and antibacterial mouthwash, and using a tongue scraper.

Visit our offices if you observe too much blood in your spit while brushing. Our dentists will schedule an appointment with you and examine your teeth to detect any developing dental problems and eliminate them. Regular visits to our offices will ensure your teeth and your child remain healthy throughout pregnancy. Call us today for quality services.

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