How does pregnancy affect my mouth?

Hormonal changes  associated with expecting a baby can affect your gums, causing swelling or tenderness.  Your gums may also bleed when you brush and floss. This condition is often referred to as “pregnancy gingivitis”. The gum tissue itself can also get one or more red lumps that often occur between teeth.  These bumps are sometimes called “pregnancy tumors”.  They are not related to any kind of cancer and typically go away after the baby is born.

Special attention to home care while expecting can go a long way towards keeping your teeth healthy.  Frequent snacking during the night, morning sickness that leads to vomiting, and persistent heartburn can all increase a person’s risk for cavities.  Keeping up with consistent at home care as well as regular dental visits will help protect the healthy teeth you have.

JADA article Nov. 2013  (hb)


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