September 28th is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, and at the office of Dr. Eric Wiitala, a specialized focus on conditions such as pregnancy-related gingivitis is essential to ensuring women have a healthy smile while experiencing the joys of developing a healthy, happy baby! Scottsdale, AZ, area women need to be aware of the particular conditions that can develop during their pregnancy, including inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis. Continue reading to learn more about pregnancy-related gingivitis.
What is pregnancy-related gingivitis?
Dr. Eric Wiitala describes pregnancy-related gingivitis as a mild form of gum disease that can develop during pregnancy. Although it is not a serious condition, it can cause your gums to become inflamed, red, and tender. This type of gingivitis is typically caused by the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. These changes make your gums more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque, which can lead to inflammation.
What are some common signs that you have pregnancy-related gingivitis?
If you have pregnancy-related gingivitis, you may notice that your gums bleed when you brush or floss. You may also have bad breath or a metallic taste in your mouth. Chronic halitosis is a common complaint in women during this time due to the bacteria that form inside the oral cavity.
How do I address this condition?
Pregnancy-related gingivitis is usually harmless and will go away after you have your baby. However, it is important to keep your gums healthy during pregnancy to reduce your risk of developing more severe gum disease.
To care for your gums during pregnancy, brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss daily. Be sure to visit Dr. Eric Wiitala and his team regularly so they can check for signs of gum disease.
Request a consultation appointment and evaluation with our team
If you have any concerns about your oral health during pregnancy, be sure to speak with Dr. Eric Wiitala and his team in Scottsdale, AZ, to find out more about caring for your smile during this exciting time. His office can be reached to make an appointment by calling 480-657-6981, and is currently accepting new patients.