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Is Gingivitis causing trouble during pregnancy?

Is Gingivitis causing trouble during pregnancy?

Pregnancy gingivitis is a common condition experienced by about 60 to 70 % of women during pregnancy. It is due to the increased level of hormones (progesterone) in pregnancy, which makes it easier for gingivitis to develop. This also makes gum tissues more sensitive to plaque and this extra plaque may result in swelling, tenderness, bleeding and /or redness in gums. Such alterations in gums might be noticed from the second month of pregnancy, and can last up to ninth month. If you are already having any gum disease, pregnancy may make it worst. It is recommended to ensure good dental hygiene as soon as you plan to conceive.

What are its symptoms?

  • Redness in gums.
  • Swollen or tender gums.
  • Bleeding while brushing.

 

How to prevent it?

  • Brush thoroughly at least for 2 minutes and twice a day.
  • Use any anti-plaque toothpaste to avoid gingivitis.
  • Floss regularly to avoid the bacteria builds up.
  • Try to avoid sugary snacks and eat healthy diet.
  • Visit dentist regularly (once it is safe for the baby).

 

Are gum diseases and premature birth related?

Some studies show that pregnant lady with chronic gingivitis are four to seven times more prone to deliver premature (before 37 weeks) underweight babies as compared to mothers with healthy gums.

 

What are pregnancy tumors?
Tumor is the extreme stage of gingivitis. It is a large lump with deep red pinpoint that bleeds and crust over which makes eating and speaking difficult. This can occur at any time during pregnancy. Since, the tumors occur in only 10% of pregnant women, it is not something to worry about much but still it is advisable to consult your dentist.

How pregnancy gingivitis and tumors are treated?

These usually disappear on their own after delivery. But, if this interferes with eating or speaking, your dentist or a specialist may choose to remove it during pregnancy. Your dentist will treat plaque and bacteria, which will in turn control gum inflammation. This may include more frequent dental visits for you to reduce disease causing bacteria.

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