Concerns for Pregnancy

Your mouth can be affected by the hormonal changes you will experience during pregnancy.  For example, some women develop a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that can cause swelling and tenderness.  Your gums also may bleed a little when you brush or floss.  Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease.  In some women, overgrowths of tissue called pregnancy tumors appear on the gums, most often during the second trimester.  These non cancerous growths or swellings are usually found between the teeth and are believed to be related to excess plague.  They usually disappear after your baby is born, but if you are concerned, talk to your dentist.



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