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Are you pregnant? This new stage in your life is sure to bring some big changes, but did you know that pregnancy could also affect your dental health? The shifts in your hormones may increase your risk for certain issues like gum disease and small bumps that are referred to as pregnancy tumors.

Gum Disease
As your baby bump swells, your changing hormones could cause your gums to follow suit and can ultimately lead to a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Tender, or easily bleeding, gums may be a sign that you’ve developed pregnancy gingivitis and our dentist might recommend that you have frequent professional cleanings until your baby is born.

When you are at home, you should continue your oral hygiene routine by using a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day to help prevent plaque buildup. Flossing once daily, in addition to brushing, could also help prevent gingivitis as dental floss can the reach spaces between teeth that brushes can’t.

Pregnancy Tumors
Despite their intimidating name, pregnancy tumors are not malignant. They can resemble small raspberries between your teeth and may arise during your second trimester. If they make you uncomfortable, Dr. Kenneth Hancock could potentially remove them, but they typically disappear after the birth of your baby.

For other questions or concerns about your dental health during pregnancy, or to make an appointment, please call Kenneth Hancock DDS at 360-464-2099 today. We would enjoy helping you and your growing family in Olympia, Washington, with your smiles.