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Pregnancy Gingivitis: Is It Really Serious?

Pregnant women are more likely to develop gingivitis. Such, at least, that's what people are saying. What about the duo pregnancy gingivitis?

Pregnancy Gingivitis

Pregnant women are more likely to develop gingivitis. Such, at least, that’s what people are saying. But what is it really? What about the duo pregnancy gingivitis?


Can pregnancy trigger gingivitis?

In the family of hormonal gingivitis describes a “pregnancy gingivitis” appearing at the second or third month of pregnancy. Hormonal imbalances induced by pregnancy make mucosa more susceptible to bacterial attack and thus promote gingival inflammation if plaque control is not effective. Most of the time, this inflammation existed before, and is increased (and proven) by pregnancy. The first tip is to make a serious dental and periodontal status before conceiving a baby. This will prevent caries complication which would require significant care, and to support pre-existing gingivitis treatment – and thus avoid the appearance of this pregnancy gingivitis. If it is actually present, we must strengthen brushing, complete use of the toothbrush with soft brush and with the help of antiseptic agents (mouthwash). Of course, even if clinical signs diminish and disappear after pregnancy, it is imperative to effectively control this periodontal disease.


Prevent pregnancy gingivitis, take a periodontal estimation. What does it involve?

The periodontal estimate is control of the teeth and their supporting tissues. More or less thorough, it is, in any case, to check the teeth (mobility, presence or absence of gingival recession), their supporting tissues – gingiva and mucosa (level: is what remains of the gum attached, the presence or absence of inflammation …). And above all it is a radiographic assessment of all the arcades to assess the extent and types of bone loss. All combined with a survey of periodontal pockets on the most affected areas to measure attachment or loss of teeth. For a more thorough review – recommended – we practice a survey of all periodontal pockets and the estimated amounts of plaque and gingival inflammation.



Is a pregnant women more fragile than usual?

The calcium necessary for the formation of the child’s skeleton came mainly from the mother’s pelvis. Nature does things accordingly because there is not, however, decalcification of the basin and no dental consequences. The saying “every child a tooth” therefore has no scientific reality.


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