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How do I know if I have pregnancy gingivitis?
Pregnancy gingivitis is very similar to the gingivitis that occurs outside of pregnancy and can include a mild inflammation of the gums due to plaque buildup, with red and sore gums that bleed when probed. If you have red, sensitive, or swollen gums during pregnancy, you’re not alone.
Will pregnancy gingivitis go away?
Most pregnancy gingivitis goes away after the birth, leaving you to worry about other things, like the dental health of your new baby.
How early can pregnancy gingivitis start?
Pregnancy gingivitis most commonly develops between months 2 and 8. It may reach a peak during the third trimester. Pregnant women also face an increased risk of both tooth decay and loose teeth.
What helps inflamed gums during pregnancy?
Here are a few things that you can do to manage swollen gums and have healthier oral hygiene:
- Have at least one oral checkup with your dentist during pregnancy.
- Use a daily or periodic warm salt water rinse (1 teaspoon:1 cup).
- Brush your teeth twice per day, especially after vomiting from morning sickness.
Can gum disease affect unborn baby?
Some dental problems can affect a developing baby
Research has found a link between severe gum disease in pregnant women and premature birth with low birth weight. Babies who are born prematurely can have a risk of brain injury, and problems with their eyesight and hearing.
What stage of pregnancy does your gums bleed?
You’ll usually see your gums start to bleed during the third trimester, when your estrogen and progesterone levels peak, although your gums may start to be more tender in your second trimester due to all the hormonal changes. Tender gums in the first trimester could also be an early indicator of pregnancy.
Does gingivitis hurt?
Because gingivitis usually doesn’t cause pain, many people delay treatment. If not treated, gum disease can cause more serious problems with the gum tissue. Periodontitis is severe gum disease and is caused by long-term infection of the gums, bone, and other tissues that surround and support the teeth.
Can you use Corsodyl toothpaste when pregnant?
There is no evidence of any adverse effects on the foetus arising from the use of Corsodyl during pregnancy or on infants during lactation. Therefore no special precautions are recommended.
Can gingivitis cause miscarriage?
Periodontal disease in an expectant mother can even lead to miscarriage or stillbirth. And the cause can be as simple as gestational gingivitis—something that is easily overlooked, even by doctors. The key to limiting the impact of gum disease on pregnancy lies in controlling inflammation.
Is sore gums a pregnancy symptom?
But could they also be an early pregnancy sign? Bleeding gums can be an early sign of pregnancy, occurring as early as the first trimester. In addition to taking a pregnancy test, you may want to brush up on your oral hygiene habits.