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Pregnancy Gingivitis: What To Know About It. What To Do About It.

Pregnancy Gingivitis Glenview Illinois Dentist

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 ...

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Gum Disease: Detection, Prevention, and Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment at Glenview Dentist

Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is a chronic bacterial infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth. According to the CDC, almost half of Americans have some sort of gum disease. Gum disease occurs when bacteria, in the form of plaque or tartar, build up on the teeth along the gum line. The initial buildup of plaque or tartar causes inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue leading to a red and swollen appearance, also known as gingivitis. Plaque and tartar left on teeth for long periods of time can eventually lead to more moderate or severe forms of gum disease which may include the destruction of ...

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