Should you be worried?
‘I’m 24 weeks pregnant and my gums won’t stop bleeding – is this normal?’
Dentist Sameer Patel says
“Having sensitive gums during pregnancy is more common than you think – bleeding gums generally are a sign of inflammation, as the gums are trying to cleanse themselves by bleeding. When you’re pregnant, the oestrogen and progesterone levels are raised significantly which has the effect of increasing blood vessels within the uterus – this can also occur in the gums, making them more susceptible to bleeding, but pregnancy gingivitis is reversible.” “Bleeding gums can be disconcerting and painful, but it’s possible to limit the bleeding by brushing your teeth more regularly as the film of saliva, bacteria and food that coats your teeth (plaque) between cleaning, can make your gums more prone to bleeding. It’s best to use a soft brush with a fluoride toothpaste when you brush your teeth. I recommended increasing the brushing time from two to four minutes to ensure your teeth are cleaned thoroughly. Try not to rinse after brushing, as this will reduce the desensitising effect of the toothpaste – and remember to floss your teeth before brushing, as this will help to remove plaque or any trapped food which your toothbrush can’t reach.” “It can also help to see your dentist or hygienist more regularly during pregnancy – they will be able to help spot any problems associated with gingivitis and a professional hygienist will be available to scale and polish your teeth and treat your tender gums. Rinsing with a salt solution can help to reduce tenderness.”