Pregnancy Gingivitis: What To Know About It. What To Do About It.
Studies have shown that roughly 40% of women will develop gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) during their pregnancy because of varying hormonal levels. This type of gum disease is known as pregnancy gingivitis. During pregnancy an increased level of the hormone progesterone lowers your body’s ability to fight off certain gingivitis causing bacteria and exaggerates the amount of inflammation caused by the presence of these bacteria.
Symptoms of Pregnancy Gingivitis
Pregnancy gingivitis is characterized by red, swollen gums and usually appears between the second and eighth month of pregnancy. The gums will often bleed when you brush or floss and may feel more sensitive. Women who already have gum disease may see ...