How to Manage Swollen Gums during Your Pregnancy

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Swollen gums, or commonly known as pregnancy gingivitis, is an inflammation of the gums that many pregnant woman experience. This is caused by the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy that increase blood flow to the gum tissue, causing them to become swollen or irritable.

Our team is going to show you some ways you can help manage pregnancy gingivitis and have good oral health throughout your pregnancy.

You can help manage the swelling of gums by taking proper care of your mouth by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Consider using a soft-bristled toothbrush to create less irritation. Make sure you visit your dentist regularly during your pregnancy for professional cleanings.

Use a daily warm salt water rinse consisting of 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of water. Practice good nutrition by eating healthy meals three times a day. Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth out after experiencing morning sickness symptoms.

If you notice your gums are continually becoming swollen, contact your dentist as soon as possible. If left unchecked, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis. This can increase your chances of preterm birth.

Please contact our office today to schedule a professional cleaning by calling 810.653.3503!