Women's Health Week: Pregnancy and your Dental Health
Did you know that when you’re pregnant the increase in hormones can affect the health of your gums? These hormonal changes can increase your body’s response to plaque, the layer of germs on the teeth, therefore increasing the risk of gum disease.
You may find your gums are swollen, sore and bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth. This is called ‘Pregnancy gingivitis’ which is a form of gum disease. This type of condition usually occurs within the first two months of pregnancy, and if kept on top off through regular cleaning and dental check ups, will settle after pregnancy. However, it can cause some long lasting damage to the gums and supporting structures of the teeth if not taken care of throughout pregnancy.
Therefore, it is extremely important to maintain a healthy mouth throughout pregnancy, and if you have any concerns about your gums to head into us to have them checked out.