Gums swelling during pregnancy

I am 5 mo. pregnant. I am noticing more and more that my gums are swollen. Sometimes when I floss or brush my teeth they bleed. I am totally against getting a dental x-ray while I’m pregnant. I didn’t have this problem before I got pregnant. What could be the problem? Thanks Roxi

Roxi – Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause your gums to swell.  Your body’s reaction to bacteria during pregnancy is also altered, causing an increase in plaque build-up that contributes to the swelling of your gums.

Inflammation of the gums is known as gingivitis. And its occurrence during pregnancy is called pregnancy gingivitis. If it’s left untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease, a more serious form of gum disease.

Your dentist readily recognizes pregnancy gingivitis and will help you keep your gums clean. During your pregnancy, be diligent about flossing your teeth daily, and brushing them at least twice a day. Brush thoroughly but gently with a soft toothbrush.

After your delivery, the inflammation in your gums will progressively improve.

This post is sponsored by Baton Rouge dentist Dr. Steven Collins.