September is National Gum Care Month, signaling a great time
for folks from all over the country to take a closer look at their gum health
and address any existing issues that may lead to gum disease
. If you are among the hundreds of thousands of American
women who are currently pregnant, you may experience a unique set of
circumstances and gum-related problems unlike anything you have ever
experienced, pre-pregnancy. Here is a look at how your gum health may be
affected and some tips for maintaining healthy gums throughout your pregnancy
courtesy of Dr. Jonathan Szymanoski, your leading periodontist in Sacramento, CA.
Pregnancy Can Affect Your Gum Health
Approximately 50 percent of
expecting women experience swollen, tender or bleeding gums when brushing or
flossing during pregnancy. This is typically caused by a form of gum disease
called “pregnancy gingivitis,” which often develops because pregnancy-related
hormones can make the gums especially sensitive to the bacteria found in
plaque. Some women also develop what are
known as “pregnancy tumors” while carrying a child, which are generally
harmless nodules that frequently appear in the mouth and can make brushing, flossing
or eating uncomfortable. Most pregnancy tumors go away on their own after
pregnancy, but in some cases, they have to be removed by a professional.
You Can Minimize Gum-Related Issues While Pregnant
The steps you take to prevent gum disease
and keep your gums in great
shape are especially important during pregnancy. To minimize the occurrence of
problems and complications, be sure to:
gently two times a day, at minimum.
regular preventative dental care.
delaying treatment for existing gum issues.
Often, patients delay treatments
while pregnant for fear they could somehow be harmful to the baby. Dr.
Szymanoski can assist you in determining treatment options that are proven safe
Your Periodontist if Problems Persist
In the event that your gums become
particularly painful or if you find that bleeding or pain is getting
progressively worse over time, do not delay. Contact Dr. Szymanoski today at
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