Pregnancy presents a series of changes in the female body. While you await the arrival of your bundle of joy, it is important to pay attention to your oral health. The fluctuation of hormone levels during pregnancy can cause several dental issues and impact your healthy mouth. This article explores the potential issues you may encounter during pregnancy and offers solutions on how to resolve them.
A significant share of expectant mothers experience swollen, sore, or bleeding gums. Gums are more susceptible to bacterial infection from plaque buildup during pregnancy because of hormonal changes in the body. Your first defense against pregnancy gingivitis is maintaining a clean mouth. It is especially important to remember to brush and floss on a daily basis while pregnant. Scheduling a professional dental cleaning from a dentist is strongly recommended during pregnancy. Having your teeth professionally cleaned and given preventative treatment significantly reduces your chances of developing pregnancy gingivitis.
Pregnancy tumors are a result of severe inflammation of the gums and typically occur during or after the second trimester. These tumors range in size and typically appear above the teeth and along the gumline. Everyday use of your mouth can cause the sores to burst which resulting in unpleasant pain. Pregnancy tumors are more prevalent in women with gingivitis. Like pregnancy gingivitis, the best method of prevention is through thorough dental cleanings and preventative care. If you are pregnant and have gingivitis you should consult your dentist for more information on preventing pregnancy tumors.
If you are pregnant and wish to protect your mouth against gingivitis and tumors, schedule your appointment with Dr Rifkin & Raanan today.