Gingivitis is gum inflammation which is usually caused by bacterial infection. During Pregnancy Gingivitis is awfully common in women on their 2nd or 3rd trimester. Pregnancy also increasing risk for developing oral health problem like periodontitis which is gum disease. It happens because pregnancy causes hormonal change and increased level of progesterone. That causes the immune system of pregnant woman to act differently and might make gum tissue more sensitive to plaque and exaggerate the body’s response to the toxins that result from plaque. If you already having periodontitis or significant gum disease then if you get pregnant, it might make it worse.
How do i know if i have pregnancy gingivitis or periodontitis?
As we mentioned before, the gingivitis or periodontitis may appear between 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy. If you are not sure how gum disease look or feel like you can google it or find out yourself. So if your gums are redder-looking gums and they bleed a little when you brush your teeth. They also usually swollen.
Ways to prevent Pregnancy Gingivitis
If you want to prevent pregnancy gingivitis, it is super important to look after your oral health as it is extremely important especially during your pregnancy. You need to:
- Brush your teeth twice per day (especially after morning sickness)
- Floss 2 times per day
- Use safe antimicrobial mouth rinse
- keep visiting your dentist for regular check ups and cleanings
Risk of Pregnancy gingivitis
Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease. If not treated it can lead to periodontitis which is more severe form of gum disease.
This form of gum disease, shouldn’t make so much problems and unlikely to cause you any harm. If you practice good dental hygiene than everything should be fine with your gums. Maybe you heard that gum disease can cause peter labor. But that is only at risk if you have severe gum disease.
Also, some number of studies shows that there is a link between severe gum disease and peter birth and low birth weight. Some researches says that it may be associate it with preeclampsia. Well, other studies showed that there was no relationship between gum disease and these serious complications. If you think you are having pregnancy gingivitis you can book a free consulation today!