If your gums are bleeding during pregnancy, do not worry about it too much, as worrying about it during pregnancy can be harmful to your baby and you. In most cases, your gums may be bleeding because of pregnancy gingivitis. This is normal and happens because of hormonal changes during the second or third trimester. Although this bleeding does not harm the baby, it is good to check in with your dentist and minimize the effects of pregnancy gingivitis.
This is a common health effect in pregnant women. Due to the rise in progesterone and estrogen levels, blood flow through your gums increases, making them much more sensitive leading to swelling, tenderness and bleeding. You may also see a small lump of blood on your gums. It’s called a pregnancy tumor. Although it’s a scary name, do not worry as it’s not what you think. It simply can appear anywhere on your body during pregnancy but usually appears in the mouth.
Once you deliver the baby, the lump will disappear on its own, or you may have to have it removed. If it interferes with your daily eating and chewing routine during pregnancy, you can have it removed.
Does Pregnancy Gingivitis Affect The Baby?
If you practice good dental hygiene, pregnancy gingivitis will not harm your baby. The only risk you have is that gum disease can cause preterm labor.
When Will Gums Bleed During Pregnancy?
In most cases, your gums will bleed once you reach your third trimester. That is when your estrogen and progesterone levels will rise, and your gums will start bleeding.
Here Is How You Can Take Care Of Your Gums?
One of the best ways to take care of your teeth is by brushing your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for two minutes twice a day. Keep it gentle so you do not hurt your gums.
Along with regular brushing, make sure your floss your teeth and rinse your mouth with a fluoridated mouth wash. Then control the levels of sugar you consume, which will limit the development of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Make sure you also visit your regular dentist, who will check your mouth and help you keep it clean—seeing your dentist during pregnancy is not at all bad for your baby. Instead, it’s more beneficial for your health. That is because if you are suffering from any dental diseases, your dentist will be able to identify them so you can have a very comfortable pregnancy.
Are you pregnant and your gums are bleeding during pregnancy, do not worry about it at all? This article will help you understand, but if you still want to learn more about it, you can reach out to us. Our specialists at Royalty Dental Associates will help solve your queries right away. To book your appointment, call us at any one of our locations (281) 655-0500 or (281) 288-0900.