What is Pregnancy Gingivitis?
Pregnancy gingivitis is a dental condition which results from increased hormone levels leading to red, tender and swollen gums. It is often accompanied with bleeding when you brush your teeth.
How common is pregnancy gingivitis?
According to the American Academy of Periodontology, about 50% of women experience pregnancy gingivitis. This condition is most common between the second and the eighth month of pregnancy.
Gum disease and premature birth
Researchers of one study who published their results in The Journal of the American Dental Association found that pregnant women with chronic gum disease were four to seven times more likely to deliver prematurely (before gestational week 37) than mothers with healthy gums. Mothers with the most severe periodontal disease delivered the most prematurely at 32 weeks.
It is important to practice good oral hygiene habits, which include brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and using an antimicrobial mouth rinse. If you are due for a professional cleaning, don’t skip it simply because you are pregnant.