How Pregnancy Affects Oral Health

Pregnancy affects the entire body, including your mouth and excellent oral health is even more crucial during this time. Pregnancy gingivitis and pregnancy granulomas are two relatively common conditions that could affect you.

Pregnancy Gingivitis

During pregnancy progesterone levels are higher than usual, enhancing the growth of bacteria that cause gingivitis or gum disease. Pregnancy gingivitis can develop from the second month, causing your gums to look red and to bleed when you brush or floss. You can minimise the effects of pregnancy gingivitis by brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time, and by flossing every day. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash may be helpful. Also, more frequent professional dental cleanings can help to keep your gums healthy during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Granuloma

A pregnancy granuloma is a small growth on the gums and generally develops during the second trimester. These growths are not cancerous although they may feel uncomfortable. Pregnancy granulomas will disappear after your baby is born.

Ideally, book a dental check-up before you begin trying for a baby but otherwise come and visit us as soon as you know the good news. We can provide you with a tailored preventative dental care plan to help keep you smiling with good dental health right throughout your pregnancy.