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Pregnancy and your mouth: The Risks

Laura Bailey, Dental Hygienist, explains the impact of pregnancy on your gums and provides tips to help prevent and treat this condition.

What can pregnancy do to your gums?

An influx of hormones, predominantly progesterone, have the effect of weakening the body’s immune system and making it easier for toxins produced by the plaque based bacteria to attack your gums.

What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums which can lead to gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in the UK.

What are the symptoms?

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Dark red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath
  • Receding and tender gums

When are you at risk?

It usually begins in the second month of gestation and gets worse until month eight. Your gums usually return to normal after birth.

Did you know?

  • 40% of pregnant women get pregnancy gingivitis.
  • Gum disease during pregnancy increases the risk of premature birth by up to 8 times!

Prevention

The only way of avoiding the discomfort and unsightly symptoms of gingivitis is to put a little extra focus into your daily oral care regime. I recommend to patients to use the VITIS Gingival Toothpaste and Mouthwash, both of which are safe for mother and baby.

VITIS Gingival Toothpaste and Mouthwash

The use of a fluoride toothpaste and an antibacterial mouthwash are beneficial to preventing gingivitis. The VITIS Gingival Toothpaste and Mouthwash are specifically formulated to protect your gums with Pro-vitamin B5 and anti-septic ingredients to combat the nasty bacteria. For optimal protection rinse at a different time to brushing.

For more information visit: www.vitisoralhealth.co.uk

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