If you are pregnant and find that your gums are starting to bleed, don’t be alarmed. Pregnant women are more prone to pregnancy gingivitis because of the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy. That is why it is so important to keep on top of your oral hygiene.
Thorough brushing and flossing will keep your gums healthy, along with a healthy diet, helping you to avoid pregnancy gingivitis. A healthy diet during pregnancy should include calcium rich foods like milk, cheese, yogurt and green vegetables.
Occasional sugary treats should be limited to a sweet treat after meals rather than a snack during the day. This will reduce the frequency of acid build up in your mouth and lower your risk of pregnancy gingivitis and tooth decay. If you are suffering the effects of morning sickness, rinsing your mouth out with water will help neutralize the acids that weaken the enamel surfaces of the teeth after each bout of sickness. Using a product to restrengthen the enamel such as tooth mousse can also help.
Pregnancy gingivitis can become quite severe and continue to worsen during and after your pregnancy. Gingivitis is the first form of gum disease, but can rapidly progress to periodontitis – and even result in losing teeth and bone structure permanently. Regular dental check-ups are essential during pregnancy to maintain your oral and dental health and manage pregnancy gingivitis.
Any decayed teeth must be treated to prevent the condition becoming worse and thorough professional cleaning will reduce the inflammation in your gums, whilst elective dental procedures should be left until after the baby is born. If you are currently trying to have a baby, it’s important to have a dental health check and clean before you become pregnant so any issues can be fixed beforehand. If you don’t, these problems can progress very quickly.
Before you try for a baby and during the second trimester are the perfect times to see your dentist for a thorough clean with our dental hygienist. The process is perfectly safe and will not harm your baby. Prevent pregnancy gingivitis and other dental health issues during this special time, and book in today.