Did you know that at least 40% of pregnant women develop gingivitis? As the mildest form of gum disease, gingivitis comes with some cumbersome symptoms. But the real threat is that it can lead to far worse conditions if left untreated. Find out how and why pregnant women are increasingly susceptible to gum disease and what you can do to manage the problem.
To understand this, it’s important to note that the gums are inextricably connected to the health of the body. This is why severe gum disease is linked to ailments like hypertension and heart disease. Ultimately, it’s an increase in progesterone brought about by pregnancy that boosts the growth of bacteria in your mouth. This extra bacteria often leads to gum disease.
While it’s important to manage your own oral health when pregnant, it’s also imperative that you prevent spreading the disease to those around you. Here are ways it can be passed to others:
If your gums are inflamed leading you to worry that you have gingivitis, take extra precautions to ensure you don’t spread the disease to loved ones.
When you’re pregnant, your hormones are raging and it can be difficult to manage the surplus of bacteria in your mouth. Extra oral hygiene can help greatly in the effort to rid your mouth of cavity-causing bacteria. Since allowing this excess bacteria to pile up is a sure path to gum disease, making an additional effort to minimize the condition is a wise move. See the infographic for more tips.
With two qualified dentists and a friendly staff, Mavis Dental Centre can provide all of your dental care needs. Whether you have questions about pregnancy gingivitis or some other issue, our staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and glad to help. Contact our Mississauga, ON office for more information.
Dr. Michael Luciani
Dentistry in the Village
115 Lakeshore Rd
Mississauga, Ontario L5G 1E5