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Gum problems and pregnancy


It's normal to suffer from irritated gums during pregnancy. In fact, gingivitis affects 25% of pregnant women. It is caused by an increase in hormonal levels, and leaves gums swollen, red and tender.
Take care when brushing your teeth and brush thoroughly three times a day, because the build-up of tartar can make bleeding gums worse. It's free to visit your NHS dentist when you're pregnant (make sure that you get an exemption certificate from your midwife), so book yourself a check-up!

However: "According to periodontists, severe gingivitis could lead to premature birth", warns Dr Evrard. Be vigilant about tooth decay as well, as it can lead to infections. Bacteria can pass into the blood and pose a risk to the fetus.


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