DR GOLDENBERG’S DENTAL HEALTH TIPS
Dentistry During Pregnancy
Question: I am three months pregnant, and my gums feel a little bit sore. Should I put off going to the dentist until after my child is born?
Answer: During pregnancy, many women experience increased sensitivity and puffiness of the gums. Pregnancy causes an alteration in the estrogen and progesterone levels that, when coupled with plaque that is present in the mouth, can cause an exaggerated form of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). In some cases, the infected gum can form a benign growth, called a pregnancy tumor. The pregnancy tumor does not usually require treatment, and resolves after the child is born. Professional dental cleanings twice during your pregnancy, as well as frequent daily brushing (3 times a day) and flossing will greatly reduce gum swelling, sensitivity, and the risk of pregnancy tumor.