Pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant mothers! But along with all the excitement comes a few unpleasant side effects. Many of the popular side effects of pregnancy include morning sickness, weight gain, moodiness, and general discomfort. However, a much less popular, but just as important, side effect is an increased risk for gum disease.
The problem comes from the surge of pregnancy hormones, namely progesterone and estrogen. Your gums respond differently to plaque during these hormone surges. Because of this, you can very quickly cause a case of ‘pregnancy gingivitis,’ sometimes occurring as soon as the second month of your pregnancy.
Symptoms of Gum Disease & Pregnancy
Below are a few of the common symptoms of gum disease during pregnancy that you should look out for:
- Red, swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Bleeding gums
- Pain when brushing near the gums
- Loosening teeth
Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent any dental complications during your pregnancy. In addition to regular brushing and flossing, you should also be visiting the dentist every six months. This means we’ll probably see you at least once during your pregnancy anyway!
For more questions regarding your dental health during pregnancy, please contact Dr. Zarmin Lalani and her team at Discovery Kids Pediatric Dentistry Frisco, Texas. Please complete an online appointment request or phone 469-365-5437. When you call to make your appointment, please let our staff know that you’re expecting. We want to make sure you and your child are as healthy as possible!