Did you know your oral health can be affected by the hormonal changes you will experience during pregnancy? According to the American Dental Association, some women develop a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis,” an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums also may bleed a little when you brush or floss. Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent this.
Furthermore, in some women, overgrowth’s of tissue called “pregnancy tumors” appear on the gums, most often during the second trimester. These non-cancerous growths or swellings are usually found between the teeth and are believed to be related to excess plaque. They bleed easily and have a red, raw-looking raspberry-like appearance. They usually disappear after your baby is born, but if you are concerned, talk to your dentist about removing them. If you notice pregnancy tumors or any other changes in your mouth during pregnancy, see your dentist.
Due to these conditions, it is crucial that women who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant are diligent in their oral health care and dental examinations. Schedule your semiannual dental examination today using your Discount Dental Plan to prevent oral health issues during your pregnancy.