Pregnancy Gingivitis and Tumors
Symptoms of Pregnancy
The body goes through many symptoms and changes during pregnancy, some more obvious than others, but why do some women going through pregnancy experience oral health issues such as gingivitis and painful mouth tumors? The explanation may not come as a complete surprise–the change in hormones in the body is the root cause.
After the second month of pregnancy, women can experience an increased level of progesterone, a naturally occurring steroid hormone, which can lead to bacteria growth and extreme gum sensitivity associated with both gingivitis and tumors or sores in the mouth.
How to Prevent Pregnancy Gingivitis
To prevent any type of gum disease or periodontics, start with good oral hygiene. That means brushing, flossing and rinsing at least twice per day, just like any family dentist would recommend to all patients. It’s also recommended that the patient get started on a good antimicrobial mouth rinse or oil rinse that contains properties that help fight bacteria associated with gingivitis.
Don’t be worried by the term “Tumor” here; tumor does not relate to anything cancerous in this context. Pregnancy tumors are a result of inflamed gum tissues, typically experienced during or after the second trimester of pregnancy, which can lead to small sores up around the top of the tooth and the gum-line. Eating, drinking, and speaking can cause the sores to burst and scab-over, triggering even more discomfort and mouth pain.
Studies show that women with gingivitis are more prone to getting pregnancy tumors, so pregnant women are recommended to see a dentist more frequently for this reason. Pregnancy tumors are also known by several other names, including pyogenic granuloma, granuloma of pregnancy, lobular capillary hemangioma, and pregnancy epulides.
How To Prevent Pregnancy Tumors
Pregnancy tumors disappear after childbirth but can sometimes be prevented by maintaining strict oral hygiene before and during pregnancy. The good news is if the tumors do ensue and the pain interferes with eating and speaking, a general dentist can remove the tumors under a local anesthesia. During this procedure, it is common to remove any pockets of plaque and address problem areas so the tumors don’t return. It is also important to ask for your dentist to recommend a good fluoride toothpaste, mouthwash, and electric toothbrush.
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