During pregnancy, 50-70% of women will complain of swollen, sore or bloody gums. We call this condition "pregnancy gingivitis".
Before reading any further, if you aren't familiar with what gingivitis is, I encourage you to read my blog What is Gingivitis?
|Healthy gums are pink--not red|
|As the pocketing gets deeper, |
hygiene becomes more challenging.
So how do we prevent this? The answer is simple…..immaculate hygiene. You must remove the debris that forms in the pockets. Use an electric toothbrush and floss daily.
One interesting fact about women that experience pregnancy gingivitis is that they are four to seven times more likely to deliver prematurely and have underweight babies. So, not only is it important to maintain immaculate oral hygiene for the mother's health, it is also incredibly important for the health of the baby!
If you believe you are suffering from pregnancy gingivitis, simply improve your oral hygiene. If swelling, tenderness and bleeding remains an issue, see your dentist or dental hygienist to help you clean below the gums. This will often resolve the issue.
Dr. Cisneros maintains a practice in Freeburg and Columbia, IL. Both are in the Greater St Louis, MO area. For more information on a wide variety of subjects, please visit www.advanced-smiles.com.