If you’re pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, you have an increased risk for gingivitis, also called gum disease. According to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), up to 50 percent of pregnant women experience what is called “pregnancy gingivitis.” Even if a person maintains good oral health care, there still is a chance that they can develop gum disease while pregnant.
During pregnancy, many hormonal changes occur that adjusts the way that the body fights against bacteria. Flesh-eating toxins are produced from the bacteria and that results in gum tissue being damaged.
Some of the symptoms associated with gingivitis can include a mild inflammation of the gum, and red and sore gums that bleed when examined.
It is recommended to tell your Sacramento Dentist when you are pregnant because you may require more frequent dental cleanings to combat the effects of increased progesterone and to help you avoid gingivitis. Some insurance carriers even provide coverage for an extra cleaning during a woman’s pregnancy.
Additionally, eating a balanced diet will also benefit your overall health and your baby. Be sure to incorporate calcium, vitamins A, C, and D, phosphorus and protein into your diet. Your risk of gingivitis may be reduced with regular, professional cleanings, daily brushing and flossing, and using an antimicrobial mouth rinse.
Your oral health is an important part of your overall health. Don’t let an untreated dental disease cause harm to you and your baby. If you are pregnant and in need of a Sacramento Dentist today, call our office at (916) 649-0249 to schedule regular, professional cleanings.