If you’re pregnant or plan on having a baby, there’s a lot to think about. You’re planning every second of your pregnancy. You’re making sure the baby is healthy and you create only the best environment for your baby to enter in to.
Many times, hormonal changes during pregnancy can throw a curveball into your plans. Sometimes the plans can be changed. Sometimes, the plans are beyond your control. You may not think about it, but dental health during pregnancy is very important. For example, pregnant women are more prone to issues with their gums while carrying a child. This is due specifically as a result of the increase in hormone levels.
- During the 2nd trimester, more pregnant women are susceptible to gingivitis. Typically, this means swelling and/or bleeding of the gums when brushing and flossing
- During pregnancy, the likelihood of periodontal disease can be heightened. This is especially concerning if you have chronic gum infection from untreated gingivitis
- Pyogenic Granuloma (swollen gums caused by pregnancy) can typically be helped through professional cleanings
If you’re pregnant and find you’re having issues with your gums, here’s a few things you can do:
- Get a softer toothbrush
- Be sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride in it
- If you have any swelling or bleeding gums, let your dentist know so that can be assessed to prevent any possible infection.
Generally speaking, it’s important to keep your dental hygiene up during your pregnancy. You are able to have work done through the second and third trimester, should an issue present itself.
After you’ve given birth, it will be important for you to book an appointment with your dentist. They will want to make sure that, after hormone levels have returned to normal, so does your overall oral health.
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