Many women are end up getting more than a maternal glow when it comes to being pregnant. Hormonal changes in the body create discomfort and often affects your dental health. An increase in blood flow often causes swollen bleeding gums, a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. The Lincoln Park dental team understands that pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life, and wants to help you make sure it’s not marred by this condition or other dental problems that can result.
The Symptoms and the Treatment
Pregnancy gingivitis is characterized by loose teeth, sensitivity while chewing, and swollen and bleeding gums. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you may have pregnancy gingivitis.
If your Chicago, IL dentist confirms that you have this condition, continue to brush and floss, though it’s a good idea to exercise caution and go about your routine gently to minimize any discomfort. You can also get relief by gargling with warm salt water. This disinfects the gums in addition to providing relief. Supplementing with calcium and vitamin A will help build bone density which helps to build strong teeth, giving you some resilience against the condition while it lasts. However, if these measures don’t work, see your dentist right away to ensure that the disorder doesn’t progress.
Your Lincoln Park team takes pride in meeting the needs of their pregnant patients. Pregnancy can bring about some uncomfortable changes, and it’s important to correctly identify these changes in order to determine the best treatment. So don’t take your dental health for granted: make sure to check in with us to maintain your health during this exciting time in your life!