Q&A: What’s with the bleeding gums?

Glowing skin, shiny, thick hair … and bleeding gums. Ah, pregnancy hormones you really know how to confuse a mumma. Seeing a pinkish tinge when doing the rinse and spit, or spots of blood during the after-brush smile is really common during pregnancy, and so are loose teeth.

Pregnancy hormones running riot play inflame gums. Your mouth may also be dry, and those sweet food cravings and morning sickness also give dental health a big kick in the teeth.

Here’s what you need to know about why your gums are bleeding.

Bleeding gums in pregnancy

Battling with morning sickness and food aversions means even brushing teeth is enough to make breakfast pay another visit. But it’s super important to keep up with oral hygiene or risk getting ‘pregnancy gingivitis’.

If plaque isn’t given the flick, pregnancy gingivitis can creep up making gums bleed. Couple that with a leap in hormones and it’s a recipe for a funky mouth. You might even notice your teeth feel a bit loose but there’s no need to freak out. It’s just temporary and happens because the ligaments and bones that support teeth loosen in pregnancy.

How to prevent pregnancy gingivitis

It’s simple – keep teeth clean. If you’ve been sick (thanks morning sickness), rinse your mouth straight away and then 30 minutes later brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Try using a soft-bristle toothbrush with a small head if your usual brush is hurting, and keep up the flossing. Also, make sure you’re eating well, and getting vitamins C and B12 to keep teeth strong.

If your mouth is irritated, rinse with salt water (one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water). Also, make sure you visit your dentist early on in your pregnancy to get a clean and check-up.

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