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what can i do when pregnant with very swollen gums?

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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry 35 years experience
See your dentist: Pregnancy gingivitis is common during this time...The combo of bacteria and sky high hormones is difficult to deal with. Typically, more frequent dental cleanings, more diligent flossing/brushing can help control things. After delivery, the tissues should return to normal (if you're breastfeeding they may likely stay swollen until you stop).
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Oral care: Women who are pregnenant have elevated levels of hormones. This makes the gum tissues more sensitive to irritants such as palque and calculus. Good oral hygiene with burshing and flossing, as well as continuing to see your dentist during your pregnancy are essential. Some patients will get a benign growth on their gum tissues called a pyogenic granuloma. This may need to be removed surgically.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have bloody, swollen gums in pregnancy?

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Dr. Angela Savatiel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Yes: Women also have a higher incidence of pyogenic granuloma which is a bloody growth of the gums (benign). It is very important to have good dental care prior to and during pregnancy as poor dentition has been implicated as a cause of preterm labor.
A 36-year-old member asked:

At what point in a pregnancy will you start to get swollen gums?

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Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry 22 years experience
Hopfully never.: If you don't have anything irritating the gums, they normally wont swell up. An abnormal swelling of your gums while you are pregnant is an over reaction of your body to an irritant, mainly dental plaque. If you brush and floss well through out the pregnancy, you should not have any swelling. If there is an irritant then around the end of the first trimester is when it begins.

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