What is Pregnancy Gingivitis?
Pregnancy gingivitis is a condition caused when rising progesterone levels during pregnancy cause an increase in blood flow to the gums, resulting in them becoming inflamed and possibly bleeding. The hormonal changes create a good environment for gingivitis-causing bacteria to grow. Brushing and flossing alone will not get rid of the bacteria, which is why special treatment is recommended.
Why is treatment needed for Pregnancy Gingivitis?
If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more severe gum disease called periodontitis, which can cause damage to the teeth, gums, and bone. Periodontitis during pregnancy can even increase the risk of preterm birth. Luckily, the condition is easily treated with good home oral hygiene and professional cleanings to help eliminate bacteria forming below the gumline.
Who is a candidate for Pregnancy Gingivitis treatment?
Anyone who is pregnant and is experiencing swollen, tender gums is a good candidate for pregnancy gingivitis treatment. Since gingivitis can progress into more severe gum disease, it is best to seek care for pregnancy gingivitis as soon as symptoms begin to appear. To prevent further complications that occur with periodontitis, early treatment is the best option to prevent more severe gum disease during pregnancy.
What happens during Pregnancy Gingivitis Treatment?
You will first come into the office for an examination, where the doctor will determine the severity of your gingivitis and recommend a treatment plan to maintain your gum health throughout your pregnancy. Oftentimes, a deep cleaning will be recommended to remove bacteria from below the gumline. During this treatment, one side of your mouth will be numbed, allowing the hygienist to clean deep into the pockets of your gums. You will come back to have the other side of your mouth treated, helping you avoid having your whole mouth numb at once. With proper care, the gingivitis can be managed during your pregnancy, and your gums should return to normal following the birth of your child.
If you would like to learn more about treatment for pregnancy gingivitis, contact us today to speak with one of our helpful staff members.