16 May 2018

Bleeding Gums When Pregnant?

Are Your Bleeding Gums a Sign of Trouble?

Recent studies have shown that Periodontal Disease/Bleeding Gums are linked to premature birth and low birth weight babies

As expectant mothers we all want to give the best care to our children. Not many mothers are aware that having bleeding gums is not just an inconvenience- it can cause real problems for our babies!

According to recent studies pregnant women who experience periodontal disease/bleeding gums during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to low birth weight babies. Not only that, but they are also more likely to experience premature birth with the health risks that involves.

According to our dental hygienist Ms. Claire Palmer:

“Swollen and bleeding gums are frequent during pregnancy but they are not normal. If such changes appear, they should be appropriately diagnosed and treated by a dentist or hygienist.

During pregnancy, mouth becomes key focus of hormonal change and gum disease caused by plaque on teeth becomes more obvious.”

Multiple studies have shown maternal periodontal disease can be a potential independent risk factor for low birth weight babies.

Premature and low birth weight babies are more than 40 times more likely to die during neonatal period. Those who survive face higher risk of chronic health problems later in life.

For anyone who is pregnant or considering getting pregnant, seeing your dentist and hygienist is essential. Periodontal disease can be treated in most cases which can reduce your risk of health issues further down the line. Bleeding gums are not normal, even during pregnancy, and are a sign of an infection that needs to be treated.

Our Professional Conclusion

Bleeding gums can be a sign of periodontal disease. There will typically be no pain or any other symptoms.  We advise to see a dental professional for regular check-ups and urgently if you experience bleeding gums when pregnant.

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