The importance of oral health care during pregnancy

It’s no surprise that the entire body goes through changes during pregnancy. But did you know that your mouth does, too? Pregnant women are invited to work regularly with their dentist during this exciting time due as there are some conditions that may impact a pregnant woman more than those who are not. In most situations, women may notice that they experience a condition called “pregnancy gingivitis.” This is increased swelling and bleeding of the gums in the mouth during their pregnancy. In some women, it can occur as early as the second month of pregnancy and continues until after the baby is born.

What causes pregnancy gingivitis?

Pregnancy gingivitis often occurs because of a woman’s increased hormone levels. Progesterone and estrogen can exaggerate the way the gum tissues react to plaque and cause these significant, noticeable changes in the smile. The higher progesterone levels can also increase the growth of bacteria in the smile, and the immune system may also change during this time, working differently than normal and causing these increased concerns.

How do I address pregnancy gingivitis?

Pregnancy gingivitis should be treated in the same was as traditional gingivitis. Women can come into the office at DeStefano Dentistry to obtain a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums to control the bacteria. Antibiotics may be used or prescribed depending on the severity of the condition. Women are educated on how to brush and floss their teeth to reduce the progression of pregnancy gingivitis and to keep the teeth clean and free from dental plaque. Gum inflammation can also be controlled with good home care.

What can I do to make pregnancy gingivitis go away?

Working with the dentist in controlling any infection is key, but in most cases, this condition will not resolve itself until after the baby has been born and the hormone levels drop back to normal.

Visit DeStefano Dentistry today

Pittsford, NY area women who are pregnant and want to learn more about oral health care during this incredibly journey are encouraged to book a consultation visit with the team at DeStefano Dentistry. Our practice is located at 600 Kreag Road and can be reached by calling (585) 248-2383 for an appointment.

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