Periodontal Disease and Pregnancy

Periodontal disease increases during pregnancy.  In fact sometimes the 1st signs of pregnancy are a suddenly unexplained increase in bleeding and swollen gums.  This is because of the huge hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy and during breastfeeding afterwards.  If you are pregnant and your gums bleed, see a dental professional such as a periodontist as soon as possible to make sure this problem is eliminated, because if left untreated, you could end up with considerable damage to your teeth and gums leading possibly to pain, sensitivity, tenderness, and even abscesses and tooth loss as well as possibly even little tumours called epulides.  It is much more sensible to avoid all these problems by getting the infection under control at an early stage in your pregnancy so that you can enjoy your pregnancy and your body’s resources can concentrate on growing your gorgeous baby.

Peter Galgut

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