Pregnancy comes with a variety of side effects. While morning sickness is the one that is most commonly discussed, pregnancy can also lead to gum sensitivity. If you are pregnant and facing sensitive gums, you are likely dealing with a condition called gingivitis, which is the inflammation of the gums.
Pregnancy gingivitis is the result of hormonal changes that increase the blood flow to the gum tissue and result in sensitive, swollen, and irritable gums. Although pregnancy gingivitis affects every woman differently, most women experience it the most during their second trimester.
The good news is that there are several ways you can manage sensitive and swollen gums while you’re pregnant. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Be sure to use a soft bristled toothbrush as it may lessen the irritation you may face on your gums. Also, visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and inform them of any problems you may be facing. Adhering to a nutrient-rich diet can help as well.
Fortunately, pregnancy gingivitis only occurs during pregnancy. Once you deliver your baby, your gums should return to normal and you shouldn’t experience as much bleeding or sensitivity. Be sure to reach out to your dentist if your sensitivity and bleeding worsens during your pregnancy or continues once you’ve delivered.
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