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How Pregnancy Can Impact Your Oral Health

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Women who are pregnant undergo many changes in their bodies. However, what isn’t commonly mentioned is the way their oral health is impacted due to their pregnancy. Because of the surge of hormones experienced during pregnancy, dental problems may arise, especially in the gum tissue. In fact, women who already have gingivitis will likely see their symptoms become more severe during pregnancy.

Why Pregnancy Impacts Oral Health

When a woman is pregnant, the hormones known as progesterone and estrogen can possibly lead to a condition called “pregnancy gingivitis.” This condition can appear as early as the second or third month of pregnancy. Gum disease and gingivitis are often the results of not caring properly for your dental health. However, morning sickness can make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene during pregnancy. Brushing or flossing can worsen morning sickness, so many women neglect their oral health altogether.

We know that it can be difficult, but pregnancy makes it even more important that you’re vigilant about your dental hygiene. Make sure you brush and floss daily and visit the dentist at the first sign of any gum issues.

If you’re suffering from pregnancy gingivitis, please contact Kate Wilson here at Coastal Periodontics in Portsmouth, NH. We can help you determine the best and safest time for treatment during your pregnancy.

Posted on Oct 5, 2017

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