What is Pregnancy Gingivitis?
Between 60-70% of women experience gingivitis while pregnant. Pregnancy gingivitis is very similar to the gingivitis that occurs outside of pregnancy, and can include a mild inflammation of the gums due to plaque buildup, with red and sore gums that bleed when probed. If you have red, sensitive, or swollen gums during pregnancy, you’re not alone.
Pregnancy Gingivitis Causes
There’s a direct connection between pregnancy and bleeding gums. During pregnancy, increased levels of the hormone progesterone cause an increased response to plaque bacteria which can lead to gingivitis. As a result, pregnant women are more likely to develop gingivitis. Don’t worry though, knowing how to find the best anti-gingivitis toothpaste and best anti-gingivitis mouthwash will help fight off this disease during a time when the health of you and your baby are your top priority. Talking to your dentist and hygienist about this elevated risk before and during this special time in your life can also help reverse or prevent gingivitis.
Pregnancy Gingivitis Symptoms
You’ve got a lot going on when you’re pregnant, so your oral health may not exactly be top-of-mind. But because your risk of gingivitis increases, it’s as important as ever to maintain the health of your gums and teeth. Be aware of key signs and symptoms of gingivitis, like red, swollen gums or gums that bleed when you brush.
Pregnancy Gingivitis Treatments and Prevention
Here are some important things to remember to prevent or treat gingivitis while you’re pregnant:
- Use an anti-gingivitis toothpaste. Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean helps reverse early signs of gum damage by helping neutralize the plaque bacteria build up below your gum line. Ask your dentist if they think you should start using it before, during and after pregnancy to maintain overall oral health.
- Use an anti-gingivitis mouthwash. Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Multi-Protection Mouthwash, kills 99% of the bacteria that cause gingivitis.
- Floss at least once a day. Oral-B Glide® PRO-HEALTH® Clinical Protection Floss, slides easily between teeth and below the gum line to remove gingivitis-causing plaque.
- Be sure to fully remove plaque. You may be missing the plaque found below the gum line, even if the plaque on your teeth has been removed. Pay special attention to these areas and consider for a toothpaste like Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean that can reach plaque below the gum line. The key to a healthy mouth is proper gum care.
- Tell your hygienist and dentist if you’re pregnant. They may recommend more frequent dental cleanings to help you avoid gingivitis.
- You may want to consider the breakthrough daily 2-step system, Crest HD, which provides gingivitis protection, in addition to noticeable whitening benefits*—so your smile will be beaming, just like you!
If you're pregnant or pregnancy is on your horizon, see your dental professional to evaluate your dental health for any treatment needed prior to and during your pregnancy. With periodontal care included in your pregnancy plan, you can help reduce the risk of developing gingivitis during pregnancy.
*At 3 weeks of treatment.