Exciting times here at The Dentists of Didsbury, as we can now announce our gorgeous Dental nurse Sam, is soon to be a yummy mummy.
Sam is expecting her first little bundle of joy later this year and we couldn’t be happier for her & her Hubby!!
Whilst we can sit back and admire her growing bump, Sam (like many other expecting women) is beginning to experience the pregnancy downsides, one of which being “Pregnancy Gingivitis”.
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What is Pregnancy Gingivitis?
A mild form of gum disease.
About half of mums-to-be will suffer with swollen, red, tender gums that bleed when flossed or brushed.
Why does this happen?
Hormonal changes can make your gums more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque.
Does it hurt?
Yes, it can be extremely uncomfortable and can worsen if not treated right away.
How long will it last?
If treated right away, pregnancy gingivitis should only last the duration of your pregnancy and in some cases a little while after. However, if you don’t treat the problem straight away (a reversible problem) – it can advance into periodontitis. This will harm not only your gums but also the bone supporting your teeth (irreversible damage).
How can I treat Pregnancy Gingivitis?
You should visit your dentist ASAP if you show signs of pregnancy gingivitis. Your Dentist/Hygienist, will be able to guide you through prevention and intense cleaning to combat against the problem. Continue to Brush & Floss as normal even whilst the gums bleed.