Pregnancy and Your Oral Health

Dentist Serving Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie and Nearby Areas of Alberta

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If you are pregnant you may notice changes in your gums. They may appear redder in color and even bleed when you brush. This is known as pregnancy gingivitis. You may notice these symptoms anytime between your second month and your baby’s birth. Pregnancy gingivitis probably occurs due to high levels of hormones and changes in your immune system. These hormones may encourage the growth of certain types of bacteria which cause gingivitis.

To get relief from pregnancy gingivitis, you need to be diligent about your oral hygiene. This means brushing thoroughly twice a day, as well as flossing daily. If you need help controlling infected gums, you may rinse with an antimicrobial mouth wash.

Also, make sure to continue your regularly scheduled dental visits every six months for professional cleaning. Unless you have an extreme case of pregnancy gingivitis and need emergency treatment, that’s all you have to do to ensure good oral health during pregnancy.