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Posted on 5/10/2015 by William Moore
Changes During Pregnancy
Your body goes through a variety of changes during pregnancy, most of which are hormonal or seem to relate to your body, but there are a few dental health changes that you will experience.
One negative thing that can occur is pregnancy gingivitis. While it is normal to experience some changes in your gums, such as minor swelling or puffiness, anything that is extreme or if your gums bleed, it typically points to pregnancy gingivitis.
Hormones are to Blame
The hormonal changes that your body goes through during pregnancy are to blame for the change in your gums. As your body creates and stores higher levels of progesterone in order to sustain the pregnancy, your gums are able to hold onto more bacteria. In addition, oftentimes a pregnant woman's immune system is weaker than it would be normally which makes it harder to fight off the bacteria.
Fighting Pregnancy GingivitisJust like anyone else, the only way to fight off pregnancy gingivitis is to practice proper oral hygiene and eat a healthy diet. It is also very important that you have regular dental cleanings throughout your pregnancy. If you find that your gums are bleeding excessively or are puffier than normal, a visit to the dentist is a good idea.
A professional cleaning can eliminate the bacteria and plaque that has built up that is irritating your gums. While it is not a surefire way to prevent pregnancy gingivitis, it will help you put up a good fight.
Call us today for more information about pregnancy gingivitis.