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Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy

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During pregnancy, the gums can become swollen and inflamed. They may also tend to bleed easily. Pregnancy hormones are the culprit.

If you suspect other dental problems (cavities, wisdom teeth pain) its best to go see your dentist to get them attended to as any dental infections can be a source for infection that could spread through the body putting you & your baby at risk.

If you notice a 'bump' on your gums that bleeds, it may be a 'pregnancy tumor' (also caled pyogenic granuloma). Although it sounds ominous, they are perfectly harmless. If you have one that is particularly annoying, they can be removed. The good news is that they usually go away on their own after your baby is born.

It's a good idea to see your dentist at least once during your pregnancy for a checkup and cleaning. Just be sure that you let your dentist know you are pregnant so you can determine together what treatments can and should be done now and what can wait until after your baby is born.


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