When you are pregnant, it’s important to maintain a clean, healthy mouth. Taking care of your teeth will ensure that you avoid any problems associated with pregnancy. Brush and floss daily and see Dr. Geare as scheduled. If brushing your teeth causes morning sickness, rinse your mouth with water or with anti-plaque and fluoride mouthwashes.
Pregnancy gingivitis is particularly common in women who do not brush and floss regularly. If you are affected, it generally begins in your second trimester. If you already have gingivitis, the condition is likely to worsen during pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis is characterized by swollen puffy gums that bleed when brushed or flossed.
Pregnancy tumors are caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy, when swollen gums become irritated. They are characterized by benign, red spherical masses which are painless, but bleed easily. They commonly occur after birth, and if they don’t disappear on their own, Dr. Geare may want to remove them.
Procedures to Avoid
Only essential emergency X-rays should be taken during pregnancy, make certain you request and wear a lead shield. The best time for any dental treatment is the second trimester. You obstetrician must be consulted for any procedures that require anesthesia. Elective procedures should be delayed until after the birth of your baby.