Gum Care for Expectant Mothers

Gum Care for Expectant Mothers

Here is why your gums might hurt, along with some gum care tips on how to relieve the pain and feel better.

Congratulations! You’re about to become a mother, but during your journey to motherhood, you’ll likely encounter inflamed gums. Here is why your gums might hurt, along with some gum care tips on how to relieve the pain and feel better.

Gum Disease

When you have inflamed gums, it might be an early warning of something more serious: gum disease. Some other ways to tell include gum recession, tooth movement, and bad breath no matter what you do to get rid of it. Eventually, you’ll have much more painful tooth and gum problems that necessitate an extraction procedure.

Tooth Problems

Cavities can form when you’re not looking. Even when you are careful about brushing your teeth every day, you could still have flossing cavities from not flossing often enough. Untreated cavities can turn into abscesses, which are extremely painful and will need to be removed. To avoid this scenario, make sure you are taking care of your gums, too.

Pregnancy-Related Issues

Your hormones are going wild, which is bound to make you feel miserable. That’s just one of the pregnancy-related issues that can make gum care more difficult. You may notice that your gums are always sore, and they tend to bleed more often whenever you’re brushing or flossing. Don’t be alarmed, it should stop once your pregnancy is over. Another temporary problem you’ll see is known as a pregnancy tumor. These tumors are sores on your gums that will also disappear once your pregnancy ends.  

Stopping the Swelling

Pregnant women shouldn’t hesitate to visit their dentists. In fact, dental and oral health becomes even more important during pregnancy, so visiting your dentist every six months, as usual, is still a good idea. Here’s how you can stop the swelling:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice every day, and then floss at least once every day.
  2. Change your toothbrush every few months; under normal circumstances, you might not change a toothbrush until you’ve had it for six months and it has been on multiple trips with you. Instead, try to switch these tools out every three months.
  3. Don’t eat foods with too much sugar, and keep away from sweet drinks. Pregnancy cravings might lead you to indulge, but try to avoid overindulging.


Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube! We are always looking for new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, or Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!


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