Jakarta – Are you pregnant and have bleeding gums? No need to worry, Mom. Bleeding gums during pregnancy is normal.
This condition is known as pregnancy gingivitis. Mothers will usually experience bleeding or swollen gums in the second or third trimester.
Even though bleeding gums don’t affect the growing fetus, it’s still important to consult a dentist. Maintaining good oral hygiene during pregnancy can help minimize the effects of pregnancy gingivitis.
However, can bleeding gums be a sign of pregnancy? Bleeding gums can actually be a sign of pregnancy, Mother. This occurs at the beginning of the first trimester. Keep taking a pregnancy test for accurate results.
So, what actually causes bleeding gums during pregnancy? Let’s see the following explanation Mother.
The swollen and sensitive gums that you experience during pregnancy can be caused by the pregnancy hormones (estrogen and progesterone) flowing through your blood and increasing blood flow to all of your mucous membranes.
2. Decreased saliva production
During pregnancy, you have more hormones, one of which includes less saliva production. Less saliva means that the carbohydrates you eat stay on the surface of your teeth longer, which can also lead to plaque buildup.
Plaque is a soft, sticky material that is full of bacteria that will cause tooth decay and gum disease.
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3. Changes in saliva
Not only is there less saliva production, it turns out that your saliva will taste more acidic than women who are not pregnant. Well, this acid can also increase the risk of tooth erosion and decay, Mother.
4. Reluctant to brush your teeth because you can’t stand the smell of toothpaste
Food preferences aren’t the only changes you’ll experience. If you avoid brushing your teeth twice a day because you can’t stand the smell of toothpaste, you can change to a trusted brand or use a softer flavor.
5. Nausea in the morning
I hope this time is over, Mother. However, if you are still experiencing this, make sure to rinse your mouth after vomiting, Mother. You can rinse your mouth with plain water and rinse with a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1 cup of water.
Curious how to treat bleeding gums during pregnancy? Click on the next link, Mom.
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