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March 8, 2013
Last week I was in the dentist office for my routine cleaning and checkup. Dental visits are always a breeze thanks to my regular use of the Water Flosser. But during this visit, I noticed my gums were much more sensitive. I’m in the second trimester of my pregnancy and like 50-70% of pregnant women, I developed pregnancy gingivitis. I had no idea!
I had never experienced any pain or bleeding while brushing and my gums didn’t appear to look any different. But my hygienist explained that my gums had become slightly swollen from increased hormone production.
Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by an increased level of progesterone due to pregnancy. This hormone causes the body’s immune system to act differently. As a consequence, the gums can become more susceptible to the bacteria that causes gingivitis.
Like me, you may have gingivitis and not know it. But there are also certain pregnancy gingivitis symptoms that you should watch for:
Good daily oral care is the best way to prevent pregnancy gingivitis:
Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontal disease. If not treated, gingivitis can become periodontitis – a more severe form of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and other complications.
Studies have also shown that gum disease can lead to premature birth, contributing to low birth weight. If you have any concerns, make an appointment to see your dentist so you and your baby have a happy, healthy pregnancy.