Bleeding gums during pregnancy: How to deal with Oral health.

Gum bleeding during pregnancy

You thought your belly was the only thing that’s swelling up these days. Nope, your gums jumped the bandwagon too.

What are the causes of gum bleeding during pregnancy?

The same pregnancy hormones (thanks estrogen and progesterone!) that cause your sinuses to clog up from swelling mucus membranes are also responsible in inflaming your gums. This starts from about Week 15 thus making them susceptible to bleeding. The downside is also that these hormones leave your mouth even more vulnerable to infection by plaque and/or bacteria, both of which are responsible for tender gums causing tooth decay and gingivitis, if not treated properly.

How can gum bleeding during pregnancy be treated?

  1. Get checked. Do visit your dentist at least once when you are pregnant. Obviously, mention that you are pregnant so you don’t have to get X-Rays, or get under anesthesia unnecessarily.
  2. Take care of your teeth. Brush and floss twice a day. Your brush should be soft, and so should your brushing and flossing technique.
  3. Brush your tongue. It’s not just your teeth that need care – brushing your tongue also helps to minimize the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
  4. Swish and spit. To freshen between brushings, use a good quality mouthwash.
  5. Rinse regularly. Each time you throw up (from morning sickness), it is very important to brush or at least rinse.
  6. Eat right. Include enough vitamin C in your diet, which is important for strengthening gums and reduce the chances of bleeding. Remember to get your daily calcium fix to keep your teeth (and your bones) strong.
  7. Go easy on the sweets. Sweets can cause bacteria to minger in your teeth and mouth causing tooth decay if your brushing is not on target. So, it is best to avoid sugary stuff to maintain oral hygiene.
  8. Chew more. If you can’t brush between meals, pop in a sugarless gum, or eat a handful of nuts or cheese. All of these prevent the bacteria from lingering.