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As an expectant parent, it's natural to focus on the little life growing inside you. But remember to take care of yourself too! One aspect of wellbeing that can sometimes be forgotten is dental health, and the risks associated with inflamed gums during pregnancy.
Inflamed gums can overshadow all the good things about pregnancy, and they come with risks. Join us as we, together with GUM, delve into everything you need to know to take care of your mouth and have healthier teeth.
Problems with the gums
Research shows that three out of four pregnant women suffer from gum problems during pregnancy. This is mainly due to the huge hormonal changes, but diet, nausea and snacking can also play a role. This makes your mouth particularly sensitive to changes and it is not uncommon for your gums to bleed more easily when brushing or flossing. When your gums bleed, you have an inflammation that can also affect the fetus.
How can the baby be affected?
There is research showing that advanced gum disease (periodontitis) during pregnancy can increase the risk of your baby being born prematurely, but also the risk of your baby being born with a low birth weight. This is why taking care of your mouth during pregnancy is so important!
Pregnancy gingivitis and periodontitis
Plaque that builds up on the teeth produces toxins that can irritate the gums, causing gingivitis. Just as it sounds, pregnancy gingivitis can occur especially during pregnancy as an effect of all the hormonal changes, but also due to changes in diet and excessive snacking.
Problems with the gums (gingivitis) can eventually lead to bigger problems like periodontitis, which is another word for tooth loss and is caused by inflammation of the tooth socket. The inflammation is often caused by not cleaning your teeth properly and you may be particularly susceptible to this condition during pregnancy. By taking care of your mouth and teeth, you can prevent the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis and their consequences.
7 tips to prevent oral and dental problems during pregnancy
- Keep going to the dentist regularly and take extra care to brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes morning and evening.
- In case of gum problems, you should use a special toothpaste for gum problems, such as PAROEX GUM fluoride toothpaste that reduces bacteria and prevents plaque.
- Clean between your teeth with dental floss or interdental brushes before brushing.
- Choose water to quench your thirst and aim for a healthy diet.
- Use an effective and soft toothbrush, for example SONIC GUM DAILY. This is the toothbrush that with its soft and thin bristles reaches 50 % more effectively between the teeth where plaque tends to stick. GUM SONIC DAILY removes as much as 47 times more plaque under the gum line than a regular toothbrush!
- Try to avoid snacking as much as possible, especially snacks containing sugar.
- If you are nauseous and vomiting, avoid brushing your teeth 30 minutes after vomiting, instead rinse your mouth with fluoride rinse to rebuild the enamel.
Read more tips at GUM!
As an expectant mother, you are responsible for two lives. By being aware of the risks of inflamed gums and acting to avoid this problem, you can create a secure foundation for you and your child. By investing time and care in your teeth, you are investing in your and your child's future!