4 Mistakes That Will Cause Your Gums To Bleed During Pregnancy
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You Don't Have To Accept Bleeding Gums
You're pregnant and brushing your teeth when a nasty metallic taste fills your mouth. You immediately spit and yuck!, it's pink.
You did not wake up a vampire!
Bleeding gums is common during pregnancy and even those with the best dental hygiene can succumb to this crimson little problem. Essentially our increased estrogen production causes gums to become soft, swollen, and prone to bleeding.
There could be some mistakes you are making that contribute to bleeding gums though.
But, have no fear!
There are ways you can correct these mistakes and hopefully have a glorious mouth filled with healthy gums. (sans vampire fangs!)
Mistake 1: You Haven't Been To The Dentist/Hygienist
If you are trying to conceive it is important you take a little trip to the dentist as part of the preparing your body for pregnancy process. Dentists don't recommend many procedures like fillings and x-rays during pregnancy, so taking care of these issues before you are pregnant is important.
If you are already pregnant you should still go to your regularly scheduled cleaning appointments. I personally visit my hygienist twice a year. I do recommend holding off on fluoride treatments until you are done breastfeeding.
Mistake 2: You Haven't Been Flossing Regularly
This is so obvious but easy to overlook. Flossing is important because it cleans any food that is stuck in your gums as well as allows oxygen to circulate under your gums.
Making a point to floss daily throughout your pregnancy (and beyond) is the first step towards
Mistake 3: You Haven't Been Eating Enough Vitamin C Containing Foods
Vitamin C is vital to the health of your gums because it is an antioxidant and is essential to building connective tissue within the body. Did you know that the fist sign of Scurvy (aka vitamin C deficiency) is bleeding gums?
Throughout your pregnancy ensure you eat at least 2 vitamin C containing foods daily.
Mistake 4: You Haven't Been Eating Enough Calcium Containing Foods
Studies have linked calcium deficiency to gum disease. During pregnancy our calcium needs increase because our little baby needs calcium to build healthy bones. If we are not intaking enough calcium to satisfy our baby's appetite our body will pull calcium from our teeth and bones causing cavities and gum bleeding.
Eat at least 2 servings of calcium containing foods every day throughout your pregnancy.
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Love and Happiness,
Krystal Bernier, Holistic Nutritionist