It’s important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum diseases which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby.
1. Pregnancy Gingivitis
Pregnancy gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums may also bleed a little when you brush/floss.
2. Increased Risk of Tooth Decay
Pregnant women may be more prone to cavities for a number of reasons. Morning sickness can increase the amount of acid your mouth is exposed to which can eat away at the outer covering of your tooth called enamel.
If you are eating more carbohydrates than usual, it can cause decay.
It’s especially important to keep up your routine, as poor habits during pregnancy have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restrictions, gestational diabetes and pre eclampsia.
3. Pregnancy Tumours
In some women, overgrowth of tissue called ‘pregnancy tumours’ appear on gums most often during the second trimester. It is not cancer but rather just swelling that happens most often between teeth because of excess plaque. They bleed easily and have a red, raw looking raspberry-like appearance. They usually disappear after your baby is born.
The American Dental Association recommends that pregnant women must:
Enjoy every bit of your pregnancy as this is considered to be the most beautiful and important phase in a woman’s life. Take good care and keep smiling!
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