Gum Health Care During Pregnancy
Healthy gum advice for Ipswich mums to be.
At the Foxhall Dental Practice in Ipswich, we believe that helping our patients to have healthy teeth and gums is a top priority.
Whilst this applies to all of our patients, there are certain groups that may be particularly vulnerable to oral health problems. One of these are expectant mothers, who are more susceptible to gum disease than others in the community. So why is this?
During pregnancy, hormone levels change, and this can make mums to be particularly vulnerable to gum infections, often seeing increased plaque levels. Whilst we all have a certain level of bacteria in our mouths which can lead to plaque, regular brushing and inter-dental cleaning, plus hygienist visits, are usually sufficient to keep these under control. During pregnancy, the level of oral bacteria can rise due to a compromised immune system and can lead to gingivitis unless monitored carefully and treated, where appropriate.
Home and professional care
Healthy teeth and gums start with your home care. It is not uncommon for mums to be to struggle with some daily chores due to backache, sickness and generally feeling more tired. Unfortunately, this can lead to neglect of good oral health habits, and this, combined with the increase in bacteria can be a time bomb for gum disease. However hard it may be, making the effort to clean and floss your teeth on a daily basis will go a long way to keeping your gums healthy. Combined with regular hygienist visits, especially during the pregnancy, there is every chance of avoiding the effects of a plaque build up.
Plaque and gingivitis
In the event that you do neglect your gum health, you will almost certainly see an increase in the sticky white substance on your teeth, especially in the morning. This is a collection of bacteria which turns sugar from foods that we consume into acids. This increase in acids can lead to dental decay and the bacteria to gingivitis.
Whilst gingivitis doesn’t always exhibit symptoms, it is very likely that you may notice some of the following:
● Red or sore and swollen gums
● Blood in your saliva when you brush your teeth
● A bad taste in your mouth
● Bad breath
If you have any of these symptoms, then it is quite possible that gum disease is at the root of the problem. The good news is that, whilst gum disease prevention is the best option, gingivitis can usually be treated with relative ease in its early stages. Very often this may mean no more than an improvement in your home oral health care, perhaps supported with a professional clean by our Ipswich dental hygienist.
You should not ignore these symptoms, as doing so may lead to the more serious periodontitis, where the bone which supports the teeth can become damaged and may lead to loose teeth or even tooth loss. If you are expecting a child and live in Ipswich, why not contact the Foxhall Dental Practice and allow us to assess your oral health and offer any appropriate treatment that may be necessary.
Please call us at our Ipswich dental practice today on 01473 258396.