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When Pregnant, Is a Little Bleeding of the Gums to be Expected?

Posted on 8/15/2015 by Todd Jorgenson
A pregnant woman laying down on her back rubbing her belly.Being pregnant can be a joyous time in a woman's life, but it can be fraught with large and small fears that arise as the pregnancy progresses. One of those concerns may be bleeding gums.

Hormonal changes in women can have an effect on their dental health throughout their lifetime. However, pregnant women between 2 to 8 months along may experience temporary problems with red, swollen, and bleeding gums. This occurs in about half of pregnant women. It is a mild form of gingivitis called "pregnancy gingivitis" and is usually not a reason for concern.

There is even such a condition called "pregnancy tumors" that can appear usually on the gum area. These are benign, painless, and disappear after delivery. If they do not disappear or cause concern, then a visit to the dentist should relieve your fears.

The only time "pregnancy gingivitis" can provide a risk to the pregnancy, such as early term delivery and low birth rate is if it develops into severe gingivitis. When the gingivitis gets severe anytime during pregnancy, it is definitely time to get help from the dentist.

To avoid complications such as severe gingivitis, pregnant women should practice good dental hygiene by brushing twice daily with a soft bristle toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste (preferably after each meal) and floss daily. Some women may experience some gum swelling, redness, and bleeding. That is normal and should stop after their delivery.

Bleeding gums should always be a sign to anyone to get a dental checkup to make sure there are no serious underlying issues. This will set your mind at ease and let you concentrate on the really important changes to your body and life.

Please contact us if you have any questions about being pregnant.

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