If you're pregnant or pregnancy is on your horizon, see your dental professional to evaluate your dental health for any treatment needed prior to and during your pregnancy. With periodontal care included in your pregnancy plan, you can help reduce the risk of developing sore gums and other symptoms caused by gingivitis during pregnancy.
Here are some other important things to consider while you’re expecting:
Use Anti-gingivitis Toothpaste and Anti-gingivitis Mouthwash
If you’re pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant, get a head start on preventing gingivitis with Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Advanced Toothpaste and Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Multi-Protection Mouthwash. Together, these products can greatly eliminate the plaque that leads to gingivitis.
During pregnancy, women are likely to eat and drink more frequently throughout the day. And with the more frequent sugar intake comes an increased risk for cavities, so it’s especially important to stick with a sound tooth brushing and flossing routine.
Some women may be more likely to develop red, puffy gums during pregnancy because the additional amount of the hormone progesterone in the body causes a strong reaction to normal amounts of plaque. If your gums are especially sensitive, try a soft floss that slides easily and comfortably between teeth, such as Oral-B® SATIN floss®, or a specialty interdental cleaning tool.
Of course, proper nutrition is part of good dental hygiene, and pregnant women in particular should be sure to eat a variety of healthy foods and get plenty of calcium, phosphorous, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin C.
Learn more about other important aspects of gum health that affect you whether or not you’re expecting.