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How Gum Disease Becomes More Prevalent During Pregnancy

Posted on 11/25/2019 by Dr. Karl Zeren
How Gum Disease Becomes More Prevalent During PregnancyIf you're pregnant, your doctor has likely warned you about potential issues such as gestational diabetes. However, they may not have talked to you about developing gingivitis, the early form of gum disease.

Being pregnant does make you more at risk for this issue because your hormones have greatly changed. Upwards of 40 percent of pregnant women will deal with gingivitis at some point in their pregnancy, though.

Pregnancy Gingivitis Symptoms

The symptoms of this type of gingivitis are the same as that of normal gingivitis: your gums will look red and swollen. They may bleed when you brush them. This swelling and bleeding can vary from fairly minor to severe. Pregnancy gingivitis can occur anywhere from your second month of pregnancy until the eighth.

Why Does It Occur?

When you become pregnant, your body starts producing certain hormones. It also increases production of some hormones that are normally in your body, including progesterone. This hormone is necessary for a number of reasons, but it also allows specific bacteria to prosper. It also makes your gums more at-risk of gingivitis.

If you already have gum disease getting pregnant can make it even worse. This is why you need to deal with existing gingivitis and pregnancy gingivitis as soon as possible.

How Do You Do That?
The first way of dealing with pregnancy gingivitis is to get a head start on it. Make sure you practice good oral hygiene, especially if you've decided to try getting pregnant. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and use a mouthwash at least once a day. Don't skip out on your appointments with us, either.

We know you'll have many doctor's appointments during your pregnancy and are probably tired of it all, but it's still very important that you come in for your six-month checkup and cleaning.

If you're pregnant and want to know more about pregnancy gingivitis or want to book a cleaning, give us a call.
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