A recent study has found that pregnant women are more likely to have moderate to severe gingivitis and may need regular care to maintain their oral health and help avoid adverse pregnancy outcomes.
The study, presented last month at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting in Seoul, South Korea, also found that gingivitis is relatively stable in the late first and second trimester.
Sources estimate that fewer than 40 percent to almost 80 percent of pregnant women have gingivitis. Given the prevalence of the condition, this study attempted to focus on the need for better oral health care during pregnancy.
Even though gum disease is a common oral issue for adults, it's more common in pregnant women due to hormonal changes that make them extra sensitive to the bacteria in plaque.
When gum disease is in its early stages, it’s known as gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums. If gingivitis goes untreated, it can develop into periodontitis, a more serious condition that’s been associated with heart attacks, strokes, and premature birth in pregnant women.
A few signs and symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis include red, swollen or bleeding gums, sensitive teeth and difficulty or pain when chewing.
The good news is that pregnancy gingivitis is easy to identify and can be naturally prevented or treated with proper oral care practices. Here are a few ways to show your gums some love:
- Brush at least twice a day – especially after vomiting from morning sickness! The Dr. Brite fluoride-free toothpaste is an all-natural formula that detoxifies your mouth and promotes gum health.
- Use an alcohol-free mouthwash. Our cleansing mouth rinse is a gentle solution made with aloe vera juice that helps soothe irritated gums and alleviates oral ailments such as canker and cold sores.
- Floss, floss, floss! We highly recommend selecting one that's fluoride-free.
- Incorporate more vitamin C into your diet and oral care routine with our vitamin C-infused products. It’s one of the best natural defenses against bacteria and essential for healthy teeth and gums.
- Oil pulling is a trending oral care treatment – and for good reason! Coconut oil naturally reduces harmful bacteria and strengthens gums, which is why we use it in our organic formulas.
The swelling and sensitivity should diminish following the delivery of your baby. But if your symptoms get worse during or after pregnancy, it’s best to visit a local dentist for a deep cleaning and other recommended medical care.
And for those mothers-to-be who want to polish their pearly whites, you don't have to wait until after your bundle of joy has arrived. Here is a natural and safe way to whiten your teeth while pregnant or breastfeeding. Now you can greet your newborn with a bright, white smile!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.