Oral Health and Pregnancy - Pregnancy Gingivitis

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Oral Health and Pregnancy – Pregnancy Gingivitis

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It may come as a surprise, but there is actually a strong connection between the oral health and pregnancy. There’s a condition known as the pregnancy gingivitis, which is basically a gum disease. The chance of a woman to get a gum disease during pregnancy is 65% to 75%.

This high probability is generally caused by the hormonal change during pregnancy, which is perfectly normal. The elevated estrogen and progesterone hormones increase the aggressive defense system against bacteria, which is understandable because the body wants to protect the baby. As you know, our mouth is the home of thousands of bacteria, so it is very natural for the immune system to attack the bacteria there, especially if you don’t practice good oral hygiene.

Some of the symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis are red, swollen and bleeding gums. In some cases, there may be small lumps on the gum line. Don’t worry, they are very treatable and easily managed. Usually the pregnancy gingivitis will go away after the pregnancy is over. The condition usually starts on the second month of pregnancy and getting diminished in the third semester. That said, it doesn’t mean that you can ignore the condition. It is also important to note that if you already have a gingivitis before the pregnancy, it is likely that the gingivitis will get worse during the pregnancy.

Oral Health and Pregnancy

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Statistics have shown that the chance of a pregnant woman with gingivitis to having a preterm and low weight babies are six times greater than average. The gingivitis or the gum disease is the home or the storage place for toxic bacteria. The problem is that the bacteria can go through your blood stream, forcing your body to produce prostaglandins, which is a signal hormone for the body to labor. It is possible that increased production of the prostaglandins may trick the body to labor earlier than expected.

Therefore, it is very important that you visit your dentist regularly, even when you think that there’s nothing wrong with your oral health. Your dentist can help you treat the gingivitis, tooth decay, clean your teeth, and other procedures that can help you to have a good oral health and hygiene. Don’t worry about the X-Rays, usually the dentist will give a protective cover on your abdomen to avoid your unborn baby from the exposure of X-rays.

I think that is all for now. Don’t forget that it is important to keep good dental habits in check and also take up some calcium supplement so that you can minimize the possibility of gingivitis and tooth decay. Next time we’ll give you tips on the oral health and pregnancy, so stay tuned!

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