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advertiser submitted Can Pregnancy Cause Gingivitis? By Chie Li Ee DMD and Chrissy Boothroyd As if swollen feet and morning sickness aren’t enough, pregnancy can also affect your oral health. It’s a myth that calcium is lost from a mother’s teeth and “one tooth is lost with every pregnancy,” but you may experience some changes in your oral health during pregnancy. You should schedule a checkup and cleaning within your ﬁrst trimester of your pregnancy. Routine dental visits are safe during pregnancy, just remember to inform your dentist of how far along you are. It is common for pregnant women to develop “pregnancy gingivitis,” a mild form of gum disease that causes gums to be red, tender and sore. The primary cause is an increased level of hormones - which affects how gum tissue reacts to plaque. If you had gingivitis prior to your pregnancy, it will probably worsen. If untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. Research suggests that periodontal disease may be a signiﬁcant risk factor for pre-term, low-birthweight babies. Excessive bacteria can enter the bloodstream through your gums. The bacteria can travel to the uterus, triggering the production of chemicals called prostaglandins, which are suspected to induce premature labor. Your baby’s teeth will begin to develop between the third and sixth months. That’s why you need a sufﬁcient quantity of nutrients—especially vitamins A, C, and D, protein, calcium and phosphorous. While it’s normal for pregnant woman to have the desire to eat more, frequent snacking can be an invitation to tooth decay. Dental X-rays are sometimes necessary if you suffer a dental emergency or need a dental problem diagnosed. Your dentist will cover you with a lead apron that minimizes exposure to the abdomen. The following tips will help you maintain a healthy mouth during your pregnancy: ‰ See your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. You can prevent gingivitis by keeping your teeth clean. You may need more frequent cleanings to help control gingivitis. ‰ Brush twice a day with a ﬂuoride toothpaste and ﬂoss daily. ‰ Maintain a healthy diet – particularly foods high in vitamins A, C, D and B12, protein and calcium. Choose foods that are low in sugar - fruits and vegetables, yogurt, or cheese. ‰ If you have morning sickness and are vomiting frequently, try rinsing with a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with water to stop stomach acid from attacking your teeth. ‰ Drink water or milk instead of soda, juice or fruit ﬂavored drinks. The importance of regular dental visits goes well beyond a person’s oral health. Dr. Ee encourages you to call Advanced Dental Concepts at (609) 601-9300 to schedule an appointment today. We are always welcoming new patients and are looking forward to seeing you and your child for a lifetime of healthy smiles!