13
Sep

3 Ways To Prevent Pregnancy Gingivitis

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Due to increased hormone levels during pregnancy, roughly 40% of women suffer from pregnancy gingivitis or periodontitis (gum disease). The symptoms of gingivitis can be uncomfortable and painful, and if untreated, have serious consequences for your long-term oral health. Gingivitis occurs when there is plaque built up in your mouth. The bacteria in plaque will irritate your gums, and can eventually lead to gum disease if left untreated. During pregnancy, you will have increased progesterone. This makes gums far more sensitive and susceptible to bacteria. Symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis include: Painful or sensitive gums Red and/or swollen gums Bleeding while brushing or flossing Bad breath Usually, these symptoms appear between the second and eighth month of your pregnancy. Fortunately, gingivitis is relatively easy to prevent and treat, and shouldn’t be anything to worry about. You can prevent pregnancy gingivitis by following many of the same steps you’d normally take to…

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4
Apr

Important Facts About Pregnancy And Oral Health

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Maintaining oral health during pregnancy is important because the increase in hormones during this time can increase the risk of dental problems, including periodontal (gum and bone) disease. These are potential problems that can also harm your baby. Remember that it is safe for pregnant women to have their teeth cleaned during pregnancy, although x-rays should only be performed in an emergency. Untreated Oral Infections Can Affect the Health of your Child. It has been estimated that 40% of pregnant women have some form of gum disease or tooth decay. However, if left untreated, pregnant women with periodontal disease can increase the risk of premature birth, low birth rate and also increase the risk that your child will also have dental problems later in life. Babies who are born prematurely have a higher risk of developmental complications, asthma, and ear infections, among other complications. Morning Sickness Can Cause Tooth Decay.…

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