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Pregnancy Gingivitis

Who knew a little thing like getting pregnant could cause bleeding, swollen and painful gums? Pregnancy Gingivitis affects anywhere from fifty to seventy percent of pregnant women and my does it suck. Turns out the lovely hormones that cause pretty much all the horrible symptoms of pregnancy also make your gums more susceptible to gingivitis.

Finding my own lovely smile plagued by the pregnancy plague I set out in search of a pregnancy gingivitis killing routine as in addition to being annoying pregnancy gingivitis also increases your risk of miscarriage.

Here is what I found, How to get rid of or reduce the annoyance of Pregnancy Gingivitis:

Good Morning sunshine:

The first step to eliminating or at least reducing the swelling and pain of your pregnancy gingivitis is to brush those teeth first thing in the morning. Don’t avoid brushing well because it hurts or bleeds. Your pregnancy didn’t actually cause your pregnancy gingivitis bacteria and plague build up did from improper dental care. It’ll only hurt worse the next time if you wuss out today.

Next you’ll want to swish some warm salt water. (Add one tsp. salt to eight ounces of water and swirl)

Why does salt reduce gum swelling?

The salt draws out the excess fluid in your gums that is causing the swelling through osmosis. Salt water also works in this same manner to pull moisture from bacteria causing it to die. This is why salt water rinses also cure things like canker sores.

Afternoon:

In the after noon repeat the morning pregnancy gingivitis routine stated above.

Nighty-Night:

Before going to bed first floss your teeth. I’ve found the floss wands or tiny stick looking things with pre-applied floss are easiest to use. You can buy them pretty much everywhere, there in with the toothpaste you’ll know what I mean when you see them.

Next brush your teeth again, properly.

Now swish Listerine or another equivalent antiseptic mouth wash.

Try and go to sleep through the discomfort of being pregnant.

As a rule, visit the dentist for a real cleaning at least twice during your pregnancy. Pregnancy has more effect on your mouth than just your gums. It can also weaken teeth and lead to cavities or cracks.

Following this routine for pregnancy gingivitis I saw improvement within the first day, and after a few days it seemed to have disappeared forever, one pregnancy woe down about a million to go.

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/pregnancy-gingivitis-tumors

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_does_salt_water_reduce_swelling