Understanding the Link between Pregnancy and Gum Disease

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Is it normal, or even okay, for a pregnant person to feel that their gums are getting loose? Likely, you have never thought to ask this question if you have not personally experienced this concern. It is a little-known fact that pregnancy hormones can cause the gums to become inflamed, often resulting in swelling, hence the “loose” feeling in the gums. Learn how pregnancy hormones can affect an expecting mother’s gum health and how to treat the resulting concerns.

Pregnancy gingivitis occurs when the progesterone levels spike due to an increase in progesterone secretion.

Teeth become more sensitive to plaque buildup and become more prone to bleeding. It is wise to maintain good oral hygiene routine always, especially during pregnancy, because these oral infections are more likely to cause medically-related complications.

Pregnancy gingivitis can be treated through various medications and natural remedies.

 It is common for symptoms to subside post-pregnancy. Listed below are some tips for how to cure gum disease without a dentist.

  • To help ease periodontal discomfort, rinse with a lukewarm saline solution 2-3 times daily.
  • Make sure to floss and use a gentle brush. 
  • Try gently brushing your teeth with baking soda. 
  • Avoiding harsh or abrasive foods is also recommended. 
  • Alleviate pain with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Book a consultation with your general dentist if your gums hurt or are bleeding excessively.

It’s important to know the whole story about pregnancy periodontal disease. 

Periodontal disease happens because of bacteria, primarily anaerobic bacteria, that live in the crevices of the gums and teeth. Overgrowth of these bacteria can lead to infections that fester, pushing outward and inward, to erode bone, tissue, and the supporting teeth. Gum disease can have varying degrees of severity, ranging from mild to severe.

BYND DNTL has treatment options for you if you encounter the following side effects during pregnancy:

  • Pregnancy Gingivitis occurs because of the elevated hormone levels, which cause increased availability of sugars in the mouth. This increases the amount of plaque, especially on the gum line, which is why gum disease is common during pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy Tumors occur because of gingivitis, but are not directly related to the hormone level. Rather, they are the result of your body’s allergic reaction to the plaque buildup. Although they are not harmful, they are certainly worrisome.

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