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How to take care of gums during pregnancy?

Expecting a son or daughter is one of the happiest stages for any mother. However, during pregnancy women can experience different physical pains and require some specific care. The gums are a very clear example of this, since during pregnancy it is possible that they feel discomfort due to their constant inflammation.

During pregnancy there are two common conditions that pregnant women suffer from. These are:

  • Gestational gingivitis: It is characterized by bleeding caused by hypertrophy of the interdental papillae and increased vascularity. It is crucial to avoid gingivitis. Fortunately, if the woman has not suffered from this type of problem during her life, gingivitis will not have an incidence. However, if there is inflammation prior to pregnancy, the frequency of occurrence of this condition increases.
  • Periodontitis: This is a disease that can begin with gingivitis and can result in tooth loss. In the pregnancy stage, it is possible that it advances at a higher speed due to low defenses.

Despite these problems, there are different ways to care for your gums and teeth to keep them healthy and to reduce the pain they can cause at this stage. The three key points to take care of the mouth during pregnancy are: maintaining a correct diet, having good oral hygiene and making regular visits to the dentist.

3 keys for keeping your gums healthy



First of all, one of the measures that you should take into account to take care of your gums is to reduce the consumption of saturated fats and sugars. These types of foods affect oral health. It is advisable to maintain a healthy diet, which is rich in vitamins and minerals. This does not mean that you cannot treat yourself at mealtime, since you can choose healthy foods for the health of the mother and the baby. Eating unhealthy foods and not brushing your teeth is a combination that harms your gums and teeth.

The ideal is to consume foods high in vitamin E and C, because these vitamins strengthen the gums. It is also recommended to minimize the consumption of acidic or sugary drinks that damage tooth enamel. Finally, tobacco must be eliminated completely, since, in addition to all the damage it produces for the woman and the fetus, it destroys the periodontal tissue.


Oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene, like diet, must be followed at any stage of life, but in pregnancy it is practically an obligation to avoid damaging the gums and reduce pain.

To comply with proper oral hygiene, it is necessary to brush your teeth after each meal. If you are away from home, you should do the same. Before sleeping, brushing is more than mandatory and must be done meticulously. The brush you use has to be soft so as not to hurt yourself and cause bleeding. In addition, you must complete the cleaning with dental floss.


Visits to the dentist

Finally, the third key point is to visit your dentist regularly. Contacting professionals is always a good decision, since they will be able to evaluate your particular case and will give you the necessary recommendations to take care of your teeth and gums. If you are pregnant or looking for a pregnancy, do not wait until you have pain, bleeding or inflammation to make an appointment. At Clínica Advance we have the best specialists to take care of your oral health, so you can talk to us to make an appointment.

At the Advance Dental Institute we are at your service to help you care for your gums during pregnancy and we have a team of dentists to regularly monitor your oral health. Thanks to the professionalism of our specialists we achieve the satisfaction of all patients.

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