Pregnant and not sure what is causing bleeding in your gums all of a sudden? You are not alone! Between 60-70% of women experience gingivitis while pregnant. You’ve got a lot going on when you’re pregnant, so your oral health may not exactly be top-of-mind. But, because your risk of gingivitis increases, it’s as important as ever to maintain the health of your gums and teeth. Be aware of key signs and symptoms of gingivitis, like red, swollen, or bleeding gums when you brush.
Here are some important things to remember to prevent or treat gingivitis while you’re pregnant:
- See your dentist and dental hygienist! They will help eliminate progression of the gingivitis and may recommend more frequent cleanings while pregnant. - Brush towards your gum line! It is so important to remove all the plaque on your teeth - especially where it tends to build the most (gumline areas). - Floss at least once a day to ensure all bacteria and plaque is being removed and not contributing to the inflammation.
And of course, if you have any concerns, just ask!