Changes in eating habits, such as frequent snacking and treats, make pregnant women more prone to both cavities (caries) and gingivitis. Once you find out you’re pregnant, you should visit your dentist so they can monitor your oral health and make any recommendations on care or treatment. Pregnant women should always brush and floss more frequently.
Gingivitis is common among pregnant women, so here are some symptoms you should look for:
- Pregnancy gingivitis causes red, swollen gums that bleed easily.
- The severity of the swelling will go down after the birth of the baby. Gums should return to pre-pregnancy levels after about one year.
- Pregnancy gingivitis can be prevented or resolved by controlling plaque through flossing regularly and brushing with an anticavity toothpaste.