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.
How 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.
How 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:
· Brush gently two times a day, at minimum.
· Floss every day.
· Undergo regular preventative dental care.
· Avoid 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 during pregnancy.
Contact 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 (916) 999-1305.