Pregnancy Hormones Cause Gum Disease

on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pregnancy Hormones Cause Gum Disease

I am pregnant. I noticed my gums bleed easily when brushing my teeth. Is this normal? What can I do to stop the bleeding? Can bleeding gums cause other problems? If I have gum disease, will this affect my baby's health? When should I see a dentist?


Most of us will suffer from sensitive teeth and bleeding gums (gingivitis) at some point in life, but this is more likely to occur if you are pregnant. Pregnancy hormones can make your gums swell. This means that it is easier and more frequent bleeding, especially when you are brushing your teeth or flos.


I guess you might be trying to avoid doing anything that will make your gums bleed. However important for you to brush your teeth regularly. Use a soft brush if swollen and sensitive gums. When flos turn, make it slow.

Plaque (a layer of saliva, bacteria and food debris that surrounds the teeth between brushing time) can make your gums bleed more easily. You can reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth through

i. Brushing your teeth for two minutes, once in the morning and again before going to bed at night, using a fluoride toothpaste

ii. Using an electric toothbrush. Electric Toothbrush effectively remove plaque and reduce swollen gums than normal toothbrushes

iii. Clean in between teeth at least three times a week to remove plaque and food debris. You can use floss or brush mini (interdental brushes)

iv. Seeing a dentist regularly

v. Stop smoking. Smoking can make gum disease worse. Discover how to stop smoking during pregnancy and

vi. Ask your doctor or dentist about oral mouth-rinse safe to use during pregnancy.

Affect the baby's health?

If you have gum disease, it will not directly affect the baby's health. But this means that your health is generally not as good as it should. If you feel difficult to maintain good health, it can affect your baby's development.

For this reason, some experts believe that there is a link between periodontitis with premature birth, small babies or stunted at birth and other pregnancy complications.

What we do know is that if a prospective mother does not get healthy food in a stressful situation, he expressed at higher risk of premature babies.

If your gums bleed and swelling, see your dentist immediately. Your teeth can be cleaned and polished as a treatment for swollen gums. Take this opportunity and take some time to talk to your dentist about the best way to care for your teeth. Do not forget to inform your dentist that you are pregnant so you do not have to do X-rays, except if desperate and in need. No problem if you have given local anesthesia in the mouth for dental care during pregnancy.
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