During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through various (if not dramatic) changes: back aches, swelling of the feet and ankles, random food cravings, and more.
With all that is going on with your body and all of the planning required to welcome this new little one into the world, I bet that your teeth and gums are probably the last thing on your mind.
However, did you know that the hormonal changes your body is experiencing during pregnancy can lead to “Pregnancy Gingivitis”?
If you already have gingivitis going into pregnancy, this condition is likely to get worse without proper gum care. Pregnant women that have gum disease are also six times more likely to have a baby that is premature or has a low-birth weight.
So why are you more at risk for gum disease during pregnancy? This is due to elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone. The body’s natural response to dental plaque is altered and the way that gum tissues react to the bacteria in plaque is more exaggerated. Pregnant women are 65-70% more likely to develop gingivitis. Women who are taking oral contraceptives are also more at risk than women who are not.
Yes, one more thing that pregnant women should be aware of – but not to worry. This can easily be prevented by regular visits to your dentist, a healthy diet, and maintaining your good oral care routine of brushing and flossing 2-3 times per day.
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