Hiya, last week I really suffered with sensitive teeth, eating yogurt even hurt! It is better this week though. I think it is a side effect of progesterone. I don't know how long it lasts but may be worth you getting toothpaste for sensitive teeth and also use a soft brush xx
I agree with the previous poster - try switching to a toothpaste made for sensitivity. I have noticed my teeth are more affected by cold water lately. Not surprised though - I have heard bleeding gums is something that can happen during pregnancy.
It's really important to have a dental check-up and to be diligent about brushing and flossing during pregnancy.
I'm not really sure because I don't know much about it, but I read somewhere that being pregnant increases your risk of getting gingivitis, whould that jive at all? Anyway, I would switch to a sensitive toothpaste and start using mouthwash, if you aren't already. Good luck!
Swollen, red, tender gums that bleed when you floss or brush are a sign of pregnancy gingivitis, and they're a common complaint during pregnancy. (About half of moms-to-be have these symptoms.) The inflammation is caused by higher progesterone levels that make your gums more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque and by increased blood supply to your mouth.
You may also develop a benign nodule on your gums that bleeds when you brush. This kind of nodule (which is relatively rare) is called a pregnancy tumor or pyogenic granuloma – scary names for something that's harmless and usually painless. Pregnancy tumors can actually pop up anywhere on your body during pregnancy, but they show up most often in the mouth.
A pregnancy tumor can grow to up to three-quarters of an inch in size and is more likely to appear in an area where you have gingivitis. Typically, it disappears after you have your baby, but if it doesn't, you'll need to have it removed. If it causes discomfort, interferes with chewing or brushing, or starts to bleed excessively, you can have it removed while you're pregnant.
What can I do?
Prevention is key. Practice good oral hygiene and get regular preventive dental care.
Brush thoroughly but gently at least twice a day (after every meal if possible), using a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste with fluoride.
Get regular preventive dental care. Your dentist or periodontist can remove plaque and tartar that brushing can't get to. If you haven't seen your dentist recently, schedule a visit now for a thorough cleaning and checkup. And be sure to let her know that you're pregnant and how far along you are. She'll probably want to see you once more during your pregnancy, too – or even more often if you already have gum disease, since pregnancy is likely to make the problem worse.
Don't put off getting treatment for dental problems. If necessary, local anesthesia such as Novocaine is safe throughout pregnancy. And if antibiotics are needed, there are pregnancy-safe drugs to choose from.
When should I call the dentist?
In addition to regular checkups, schedule a dental appointment right away if you have any of the following:
Gums that bleed frequently and cause you pain
Other signs of gum disease, like swollen, tender gums; receding gums; persistent bad breath; or loosening teeth
Growths in your mouth, even if they're not painful or causing any other symptoms
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