Bleeding gums??

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Second Trimester' started by kateqpr, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. kateqpr

    kateqpr Well-Known Member

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    i feel like i'm falling apart!!

    The last couple of days my gums have started bleeding when i brush them (still makes me gag too :( ). Also, i'm starting to have a tender spot above where i need a filling, so worried i may need a root canal (i;ve been avoiding the dentist like an idiot..)

    Anyone had any dental care while they're pregnant? I normally go privately, because i'm quite a nervous patient. I know you get free dental care when you're preggers, but where i live in London most of the NHS surgeries don't seem to be taking on non paying patients. So i may just bite the bullet and go private again, even though i'm not working at the mo.

    I'm just a bit worried as i've read that tooth infections can be harmful during pregnancy....if it's not one thing it's another!!!
     
  2. pinkmac85

    pinkmac85 Mom & pregnant with #2

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    I've had a LOT of teeth issues since becoming pregnant!! I actually just found out I have gum disease! Not to startle you but it began when I noticed my gums were bleeding when brushing and flossing. Now its to the point that parts of my gums are peeling away from a few teeth. Luckily it can be fixed and a RIDICULOUS cost..as usual..hopefully you can get it all sorted out soon!! I wish we had free dental care when pregnant over here!!
    And its so true, if it's not one thing its another!!
     
  3. beancounter

    beancounter Well-Known Member

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    I'd pop to the dentist. Mines lovely, he said I should be using a soft toothbrush near my gums. X rays aside, I think dental work is safe and I have heard some preggo horror stories. I didn't want to I was eating dinner at the time but for some reason my OHs aunt felt the need to give details about her exploding tooth that was replaced by a pigs tooth saga:sick:
     
  4. Dragonfly

    Dragonfly Mother of 4

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    Use a soft tooth brush I read that earlier on as you can get gingavitus. Also my gums bleed its hormonal. Lost part of a tooth also , probably due to all the throwing up i do.
     
  5. Rame

    Rame Mom to Alexa, preggy w #2

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    I've started to hate brushing my teeth now cause I would gag everytime, and it doesn't help that I spit blood everytime, no matter how carefully I brush. I'm thinking of switching to a softer bristle toothbrush, maybe that'll help.

    About the dentist, I haven't gone to one ever since I got pregnant...I probably should but I'm terrified of dentists so unless something alarming happens, I probably wouldn't :blush:
     
  6. kateqpr

    kateqpr Well-Known Member

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    Beancounter - I worry about your family, i really do.....
     
  7. beancounter

    beancounter Well-Known Member

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    not as much as me, I'll wager :/
    Anyway, It's not mine, it's HIS family. I mean, mine are all nuts, but in a flagrantly psychotic kind of way. His are scarey repressed, that's much more frightening.

    And they have a freaking pigs tooth :hissy:
     
  8. Poppeteer

    Poppeteer Well-Known Member

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    Kateqpr, sorry to hear you're having dental issues.

    You really need to go see your dentists asap, don't leave it and run the risk of getting a nasty infection.
    Personally i'd say if you are used to private dental healthcare, then stick with it as NHS dentistry is a whoooole different ball game.
    :hugs:
     
  9. Jus

    Jus New mum!

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    I just had a spanking new crown fitted all on the NHS - what a fortuitous time for the old crown to fall out (well, it got stuck to a toffee and pulled out, if truth be told but I didn't mention that to the dentist). All for freeeeeee!

    I go to a University dental practice (same place as when I was at uni 14 years ago, but they've never kicked me off their lists), and as far as I'm aware any member of joe public can sign up to a university dentist and I assume they are all NHS - are there any Unis near you Kateqpr?
     
  10. Poppeteer

    Poppeteer Well-Known Member

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    At the university i went to, and as far as i am aware with most dental institutes you will need a referral from your dentist. The quality of dentistry at a teaching hospital is actually very good, as is some of the materials used, and the more difficult cases can be undertaken due to the supervision of a specialist consultant.

    However just be aware there is no choice as to who will carry out the treatment, from a second or third year student who hasn't cut a crown before, to a post-grad who is just finishing off their final cases for their specialisation..... it's all pot luck.

    Oh and you will be in the chair for hours.
     

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