Expecting a baby does not mean you automatically have problems with your gums or teeth. It just means you’ll want to take extra-special care of your mouth during this time to maintain your oral health. Some of the unusual things you can expect to possibly happen during your pregnancy are inflamed gums that are irritated, puffy and red and bleed a little when brushed or flossed (if you experience these symptoms, know that they typically disappear after pregnancy).
During the second trimester, some pregnant women also experience overgrowths of tissue that appear on their gums. These are noncancerous growths that are dark purplish-red in color and may be a form of plaque. Visit your dentist for advice.
Tips for Oral Health During Pregnancy
Tell your dentist that you are pregnant, which may affect treatments and x-rays.
If your gums flare up, start brushing after each meal.
Be vigilant about flossing daily.
Rinse daily with an antimicrobial mouthwash.
If and when you experience morning sickness, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water afterward, to reduce contact of bacteria with gums and teeth.