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You know that caring for your teeth is important. You probably know that you should visit your dentist when something about your teeth worries you.  But do you know how your teeth change when you’re pregnant—or what you should do to prevent major problems like gum disease?

While it may not seem like it, gum disease can be a major problem—whether you’re pregnant or not. However, pregnant women are more likely to have gum disease, and may be at danger of a few additional complications.  Pregnant women are at greater risk because of a change in hormones levels during pregnancy. Particularly, the hormone progesterone is elevated in pregnant women, which causes can lead to our gums becoming inflamed. This makes gingivitis (which is technically inflamed gums) extremely common in pregnant women.

Sadly, gum diseases like gingivitis can lead to a new variety of problems. If your gums are infected—which is a major component of gum disease—the infection can get into your bloodstream and spread throughout your body. If this happens, women with periodontal disease are more likely to have high blood pressure and preterm delivery.

Fortunately, your dentist can treat gum disease safely even while you’re pregnant. Still, preventing gum disease is always preferable to treating it. To prevent gum disease, please remember to brush your teeth properly and to floss daily. Similarly, please don’t neglect routine clearings while you’re pregnant. They are perfectly safe—in fact, your dentist may recommend cleanings more regularly than they normally would.

Furthermore, your dentist will be able to meet many of your dental needs, though they will probably try to avoid dental work during the first trimester. If you worry about something being wrong with your teeth, please contact your dentist immediately.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon. We’re excited to hear from you.