Bleeding gums in pregnancy - why it happens

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When pregnant, women can experience increase bleeding from their gums, and most assume that this is just normal. Although gum disease in pregnancy is common, it should not be left untreated. When pregnant, increased hormones cause a heightened reaction to the bacteria in your mouth. And this can cause damage to your gums and the bone holding your teeth in place. The best thing you can do is go for regular dental checkups during pregnancy (NHS dental treatment is entirely free during pregnancy and for one year after giving birth) and brush and floss your teeth religiously. But your dentist will tell you how best to do this.

What You'll Need

  • TePes/ Dental floss
  • Toothbrush (Ideally electric)

What You'll Do

  • Floss or use TePe brushes daily.
  • Brush where your gum meets your teeth. Do not avoid the area if you see bleeding, this is a sign you need to do extra cleaning in this area.
  • Visit your dentist for a checkup of your teeth and gums.
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