gum-bleeding-in-pregnancyIn women, during pregnancy bleeding gums is a common problem. Many women complain that their gums have become swollen and red during pregnancy and it bleeds while flossing or brushing the teeth. Around half of the moms during pregnancy face such type of problem and this common occurrence is known as pregnancy gingivitis.

Cause of bleeding Gums:

The main cause of bleeding gums during pregnancy is hormonal changes. During pregnancy, progesterone levels increases which weaken the jaw tissues. These hormonal changes also make your mouth more vulnerable to bacteria and plaque which results in frequent bleeding from gums.

Can Gum Bleeding Affects Pregnancy:

Pregnancy gingivitis is not a very big concern but if you do not take care of oral hygiene and treat gingivitis, it can turn into periodontitis, a more serious type of gum disease. In periodontitis the infection goes beyond the gums and reach to teeh bone and the tissue supporting it.
Some studies show a link between gum disease and preterm birth and low birth weight. But the results are not consistent.

How To Cure Bleeding Gums:

There are many tips that you can follow to cure bleeding gums.

  1. Oral Hygiene: You should develop oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth twice daily. You should floss properly to flush out any food particle attached to your teeth. Brushing your teeth properly is the first step to cure gingivitis. You should use your brush in circular motion over your teeth. You should brush each time after taking meal containing sugar.

  2. Toothpaste: You should use good toothpaste which is especially prepared to cure gingivitis. Toothpaste that contain mint, babool, neem, holy basil are considered good for treatment of gingivitis. Also it is a good practice to dip your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide before and after brushing.
  3. Rinsing mouth with saline water: It is also advised to rinse your mouth with saline water. Take a glass of lukewarm water and dissolve little salt in it. Use this solution to rinse your mouth. It helps in reducing the swelling of the gums.
  4. Gum massage: Gum massage is also an effective way to heal gums. You can use almond oil and peppermint for gum massage.
  5. Green tea: Green tea not only good for healing of bleeding gums but it is also beneficial for overall health of the body. You should drink a cup of green tea daily to avoid such type of problems during pregnancy.
  6. Tea tree oil: Another effective home remedy to cure gum bleeding is use of tea tree oil. It removes yellowish substance of your teeth and make it clean. You should add few drops of tea tree oil in your toothpaste before brushing to cure gum bleeding.

These are few simple tips that are inexpensive and efficient for the treatment of gingivitis. But remember, you should take appointment with a dentist if

  • You have toothache along with bleeding of gums.
  • The bleeding doesn’t fade away even after following above tips.
  • If you have other sign of gum diseases like swollen gums, tender gums, bad breath and teeth loosening.
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