The gums of pregnant women are usually more inflamed and sensitive. In addition, high levels of the hormone progesterone cause the gums to react more to the bacterial plaque that accumulates in the teeth.
It is also common, although much less than bleeding gums, that during pregnancy, appears in the gum a small bump. This lump is known as a pregnancy tumor and should not scare you, as it is harmless. These small lumps can appear anywhere on the body, although the mouth is the most common place in most pregnant women. If you have one of these ‘pregnancy tumors’, you will notice that your gums bleed more than usual when you brush your teeth. However, this problem usually disappears when the pregnant woman gives birth to her baby, without generating any kind of later problem.
If you get gingivitis during pregnancy, this should not worry you too much. Although several studies have been conducted on the subject, they have not yet found a connection between this gum problem and complications in pregnancy.
Now that you know why your gums bleed and how to avoid them, you can maintain better oral health. If still the problem does not stop, remember that it is important to consult with a dentist to help us solve it.
A professional prophylaxis, brushing teeth after each meal, using dental floss, chewing gum without sugar and with xylitol and the use of antiseptics and fluoride under prescription will help prevent cavities and periodontal disease.
- When your child is one year old, also take him to the dentist
The care of your gums and milk teeth is essential for your health. Remember that although your child’s teeth are not definitive, they are equally important. You should clean them after each meal with a gauze or an ultra-smooth pediatric toothbrush and not put your baby to bed with the bottle, you will prevent them from developing cavities
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, request an appointment and put your oral health in the hands of a specialist.