Pregnancy and Gingivitis

Danbury CT DentistCongratulations, you are expecting! What a joyful time full of anticipation. Whether you are already a mom or this is your first time expecting, this is a very exciting time of your life. Many women spend hours reading about how to take care of themselves while pregnant, but neglect to consider the importance of diligent oral care.

Up to 75% of all pregnant women are diagnosed with a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis.”  It is easy to determine if you have developed this condition. Characteristics of this problem are swollen, bloody gums, sensitivity, and a bad odor on your breath. Prioritizing your oral healthcare routine is crucial since it affects both you and your unborn baby. If steps are not taken to minimize “pregnancy gingivitis,” it can grow into a more serious condition known as periodontitis. Periodontitis is a bacterial infection that can wreak havoc on the gums and bones that support all of your teeth. If left to develop even further, some experts believe that it contributes to diabetes and heart disease.

The bacterial infection can move through the bloodstream to the uterus and placenta and cause several severe complications, such as:

  • Premature labor or preterm birth
  • Babies with too low birthweight
  • Stillbirth
  • Miscarriage

Thankfully, there are many simple things that moms-to-be can do to prevent or diminish “pregnancy gingivitis.” While we say simple, it should not undermine the gravity of the condition. Increasing your dental hygiene while pregnant is the best defense you have against the problems of gum disease.  A few successful strategies are increased and frequent flossing, brushing three to four times each day, rinsing the mouth with antimicrobial blends, gargling with salt water, and eliminating simple sugars from the diet for the months that you are pregnant.

At Rolling Hills Dentistry, we celebrate your good news with you. While you are picking nursery colors, planning showers, and making prenatal appointments, don’t forget to include your time to take care of your gums and teeth. Our team specializes in gentle, effective, safe exams and cleanings for expectant mothers. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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