Pregnancy hormones can be a real beast to deal with for three trimesters. The bodily changes that happen as a result of hormones changing throughout pregnancy are different for each woman. While some may experience mood swings and pop-up crying fits, others deal with breakouts and insomnia. As if these symptoms weren't enough to keep you on your toes, there is another hormone-related condition that pregnant woman may not be aware of, but should have on their radar: pregnancy gingivitis. Never heard of it? Well, that's not a total shock. But learning the facts about pregnancy gingivitis can help prevent some unwanted outcomes and motivate you to grab that floss each day.
To better understand this topic, I reached out to Timothy Chase, cosmetic dentist and practicing partner at SmilesNY, for some tips to help woman avoid, prevent, and treat pregnancy gingivitis. According to Chase, pregnancy gingivitis is extremely common with expecting mothers and occurs with the increase of hormones circulating during pregnancy. And these extra hormones can cause a snowball effect — more hormones leads to more plaque, which causes greater inflammation. If these symptoms go untreated, pregnancy gingivitis can lead to gum recession, bone loss, permanent tooth sensitivity, as well as low birth weight and premature birth.
If you are pregnant, or plan to be, consider these facts about pregnancy gingivitis and make oral care a priority for the next 40 weeks.