How To Prevent Pregnancy Gingivitis

How To Prevent Pregnancy Gingivitis

Apr 11, 2022

Did you know that you might be more susceptible to inflammation in your gums during pregnancy and even nursing? The change in hormones during pregnancy directly contribute to an increased risk of gum inflammation, bleeding and even dental cavities. This is due to an increase in progesterone and estrogen hormones. The risk for pregnancy gingivitis varies from woman to woman, where some may experience severe symptoms while other women don’t experience any. 

Symptoms of Pregnancy Gingivitis 

You may notice your gums are redder, swollen, sore and tend to bleed easier. You may even experience a pregnancy gum tumour, an overgrowth of the gum tissue between teeth. Gum tumours are usually localized to a certain area and will usually heal on their own after giving birth. Be sure to contact your dentist if your symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis don’t subside naturally after pregnancy and nursing. 

Prevention of Pregnancy Gingivitis 

While it might not be possible to prevent pregnancy gingivitis if you are prone to it, there are ways that you can reduce the symptoms. Be sure to take excellent care of your teeth and gums during pregnancy and nursing. Brushing twice a day and flossing each day are a must. You can even use a mouthwash to help reduce oral bacteria. It is vital to control pregnancy gingivitis because it has the potential to lead to more serious concerns such as gum disease and cavities. 

Here are a few extra tips for prevention: 

  • Rinse your mouth daily with saltwater 
  • Use a toothpaste containing fluoride. 
  • Use a tongue scraper to clean bacteria off your tongue. 
  • Eat a healthy diet complete with all vitamins and nutrients. 
  • Visit your dental office regularly for cleanings and check-ups (your dentist may recommend seeing you more frequently for cleanings if you are showing signs of pregnancy gingivitis) 

In short, pregnancy gingivitis is common and quite easy to keep under control but can lead to more serious concerns if left untreated. Please book an appointment with us today if you are experiencing pregnancy gingivitis or have any questions about it. 

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