Care for your teeth
Your gnashers take a bashing when you’re pregnant. Be nice to them.
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In the old days, they used to say that a woman would lose a tooth for every baby she carried. Thankfully it’s not as bad as that any more, but pregnant women are more prone to dental complications because of hormones that affect the gums.

Make an appointment to see your dentist for a check-up as soon as you know you’re pregnant, and if all is well, go again after your baby’s six week check-up.

Here are some of the dental problems pregnancy can make worse:

Pregnancy gingivitis
causes your gums to become red, puffy, and inflamed. It can also trigger bleeding gums when you are brushing and flossing. Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by bacteria that form between your teeth and gums.

Gum disease (aka periodontal disease) is a severe gum infection, which destroys the bones and fibers that help to keep your teeth in place.

Pregnancy tumours can form if you are suffering from pregnancy gingivitis or periodontal disease. These tumours are growths that form on your gums. They can sometimes make it hard to speak, eat, and swallow, and may cause pain.

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