Women who are pregnant often revolve their schedule around their prenatal appointments, working with their OBGYN in order to make their own health as well as the health of their baby a top priority. However, at Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we often recommend that expectant moms in the High Desert region also schedule a visit with their dentist. Pregnancy gingivitis is a common side effect that many women in Victorville will experience during their pregnancy. Dental care can help minimize the effects of gingivitis and can also help preserve the woman’s dental health for the future.

What is Pregnancy Gingivitis?

Pregnancy gingivitis is defined as swollen and bleeding gums that occurs during a woman’s pregnancy. Many women who have pregnancy gingivitis report that their gums feel more sensitive, and may bleed more often than they did prior to conception. Gingivitis is defined as chronic inflammation of the gums, but pregnancy gingivitis is slightly different because it typically subsides once the woman has delivered her baby.

What Causes Pregnancy Gingivitis?

Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by hormonal changes and shifts that occur once a woman becomes pregnant. These hormonal changes result in swollen gums and inflammation that can be uncomfortable for the expectant mom. When pregnancy gingivitis occurs, plaque may build up more easily on the woman’s teeth and this can result in dental complications. Morning sickness can make pregnancy gingivitis worse, as vomiting increases the amount of acid that passes through the gums and the teeth. However, most women will find that pregnancy gingivitis is most severe during the second trimester of pregnancy.

What is the Best Way to Manage Pregnancy Gingivitis?

Proper oral hygiene is the best way to keep pregnancy gingivitis at bay. Pregnant women, just like all people, should brush their teeth at least twice a day. Women can use a soft toothbrush if it is more comfortable for them. They also should make flossing a top priority, and floss at least once every day. Pregnant women should have a professional cleaning performed at least once during their pregnancy in order to avoid periodontitis. Periodontitis can increase a woman’s risk of having a preterm birth.

Women must take extra good care of their bodies while they are pregnant, and this includes prioritizing oral hygiene. Dr. Ahmadinia works with each woman on an individual basis in order to ensure that all of her health needs are being met, including her dental health. Women can discuss any oral discomfort they have with their OB/GYN during a regular prenatal appointment. Dr. Ahmadinia can provide all patients with information about caring for you gums and your mouth during pregnancy, as well as give recommendations for dentists in the area who can help women manage pregnancy gingivitis.