Swollen Gums During Pregnancy

September 22, 2011



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Swollen and bleeding gums are common during pregnancy. Symptoms are due to increased hormone levels during pregnancy and changes in your blood vessels. This condition is called “pregnancy gingivitis.” It affects about 50% of all pregnant women.

Preventing Swollen Gums During Pregnancy

It is important to take good care of your teeth during pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis can lead to a more serious condition called periodontitis, which is an infection that spreads to the bone and other tissues in your mouth.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Be gentle and use a soft bristled toothbrush.
  • See your dentist at least once during your pregnancy
  • Floss daily.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to soothe swollen gums.
  • Be sure you are getting adequate nutrition.
  • If you are having vomiting from morning sickness rinse your mouth well and brush your teeth after vomiting to cleanse stomach acids from your teeth.
  • If you notice pain in your teeth or mouth, don’t wait to schedule a visit to your dentist.
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