Pregnancy can increase the risk of gingivitis
Here at The Lodge Dental Suite in Cheshunt, the health and dental care of all our patients is our number one priority.
We believe that regular dental visits can help to identify problems in their early stages, making them easier to treat, and helping to prevent them from developing into more serious problems later on.
Dental care during pregnancy.
Changes in hormonal levels in your body during pregnancy, can make moms-to-be particularly prone to the development of plaque, which unless removed can lead to the onset of Gingivitis or gum disease. Gum disease is one of the main contributory factors leading to tooth loss and therefore it is vital that a good and thorough oral hygiene routine is maintained during the period of your pregnancy.
It is also important that you continue to make regular visits to your dentist during your pregnancy as regular dental check-ups will help to ensure that the early signs of Gingivitis are detected and treated. Your dentist will also be able to offer advice on maintaining your personal dental hygiene and health during your pregnancy.
Plaque is a sticky substance that can build up in the mouth, and contains large amounts of bacteria. If the plaque is not thoroughly removed by brushing, then the bacteria can turn the sugar from the food that we eat into acid. This acid can cause irritation of the gum tissue, leading to inflammation and bleeding of the gums. It can also eventually cause damage to the outer protective enamel layer of our teeth.
Plaque collects on the surface of the tooth, in the gaps between the teeth and in the area along the gum line but it can be removed by regular, careful brushing and flossing. Special plaque disclosing tablets and gel are available. These colour the plaque, helping to show that it is present, and allowing problem areas to be identified, and cleaned more easily.
Symptoms of gingivitis can include:
- Inflamed and bleeding gums.
- Bad breath.
- Swollen gums.
- Tenderness in the gums.
If left untreated then Gingivitis can develop to become the far more serious condition Periodontitis. This is where the tissues that hold the teeth in place, and the bone of the jaw become infected which can ultimately lead to loosening and loss of the teeth. Gingivitis can be treated by using a specialist mouthwash. Or if the infection has progressed and is particularly bad, by a thorough deep clean, below the gum line to the root of the teeth.
If you live in Cheshunt or the surrounding area, and you’re pregnant and concerned about your dental health during your pregnancy, then please contact the surgery on 01992 643 388.
One of our team of caring and highly experienced dentists will be only too pleased to speak to you and answer any questions or concerns that you may have.