Your world forever changes for the best when you see the little plus sign or smiley face appear on your pregnancy test. Almost instantly, your world-view shifts to what you can do to make you and your little one as happy and comfortable as possible.
One of the most important factors (that you may not initially consider) is how the hormonal changes can significantly impact your oral health. In fact, expecting mothers have a higher risk of oral health concerns, like pregnancy gingivitis. Read on to learn the common symptoms, prevention tactics, and how your dentist can help.
6 Common Signs of Pregnancy Gingivitis
Gingivitis, commonly referred to as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. Unfortunately, Americans are already at risk of this condition, considering roughly 50% of adults are impacted by it. However, the change in the progesterone hormone during pregnancy makes expecting mothers especially vulnerable. It often develops between two and eight months, so make sure to take note of the below symptoms:
- Swollen gums
- Tender, puffy gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Red gums
- Bad breath
5 Prevention Tactics to Start Today
While you may not be able to control your hormones, you certainly can implement prevention tactics into your daily routine to protect your teeth and gums! With this in mind, begin using the below best practices as soon as possible:
- Implement a solid oral hygiene routine (i.e., brush twice a day, floss daily, etc.).
- Eat a vitamin-rich diet.
- Rinse with salt and warm water to prevent infection and reduce inflammation.
- Limit beverages and foods that are high in sugar, like soda and candy.
- Visit your dentist for an exam and cleaning.
How Your Dentist Can Help
When it comes to preventing pregnancy gingivitis, your dentist is your biggest ally. In addition to performing a professional cleaning to remove stubborn plaque and built-up tartar, they can conduct a thorough exam to check the condition of your teeth, gums, dental work, and surrounding oral tissue. If they do notice warning signs, then they can conduct gum disease therapy to prevent harmful bacteria from spreading. From there, they can continue to monitor your oral health to ensure it is in pristine condition!
During your pregnancy, it’s easy for your list of to-dos to push your routine visits to the dentist to the backburner. However, since gingivitis is a prevalent concern for expecting mothers, make sure to prioritize your checkups and cleanings!
About the Practice
The team at Los Gatos Dental Group is united behind their mission to deliver world-class care and high-quality dentistry in a welcoming, stress-free environment, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed! In fact, they have received “The 2018 Spectrum Award for Excellence in Customer Service” and the “Best of Los Gatos Award” for dentistry six years in a row! If you are newly pregnant or need periodontal treatment, don’t hesitate to visit their website or give them a call at 408-402-0900.