Gingivitis and pregnancy
You may be at higher risk for gingivitis or inflamed gums if you’re pregnant. Gingivitis is the early form of gum disease usually caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that regularly forms on your teeth. Plaque can irritate your gums and cause them to bleed. Dr. Jonathan Titus of Titus Dentistry near the Pendleton, Indiana area, can educate you on the cause of gingivitis during pregnancy and how to reverse gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Why are pregnant women more susceptible to gingivitis?
Gingivitis is common during pregnancy because hormonal changes make your gums more sensitive and prone to bleeding.
Signs of gingivitis
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing and flossing
- Chronic bad breath
Gingivitis is typically painless, so you may not realize you have it.
If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. Periodontitis can result in gums pulling away from your teeth, forming deep pockets of bacteria, and breaking down the supporting bone. That can eventually lead to tooth loss.
The good news is that conditions like gingivitis can be treated. With proper dental care, you can reverse the buildup of plaque that is causing the inflammation and help your gums heal. Once your gums are healthy again, it’s important to continue practicing good oral hygiene habits to prevent gingivitis from coming back.
How can I prevent gingivitis during pregnancy?
- Brush twice each day with fluoride or prescription toothpaste
- Floss daily
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups
- Avoid sugary foods and eat a healthy and nutritious diet
- Quit smoking
How is gingivitis treated?
If you have gingivitis, your dentist may recommend a special mouthwash or toothpaste to help control the inflammation. He may also suggest more frequent professional cleanings. In some cases, deeper cleanings (called scaling and root planing) may be necessary to remove plaque from below the gum line. If your gingivitis is severe, you may need to see a periodontist for treatment.
Learn more today
Call Titus Dentistry of Pendleton, IN, to discuss your dental needs with a professional. The office is located at 705 Norfleet Drive W and can be reached by calling (765) 358-5868.
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