Pregnancy Concerns

Bleeding Gums

Common during months:

 

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Why This Happens

Your blood volume increases when you are pregnant, which can cause some swelling in tissues with very small blood vessels, such as the nasal passages and gums. Tender gums may react to vigorous tooth brushing by bleeding.

Some Women Have Tried...

  • Switch to a soft bristle tooth brush.
  • Brush your teeth more gently; floss no more than once a day.
  • Do have your teeth professionally cleaned at least once while pregnant.
  • Check your diet for adequate amounts of Vitamin C, a vital nutrient for tissue healing.
  • Try using a mouthwash to remove the taste of blood from your mouth.
  • Disolve a 25-50mg zinc lozenge on any sore areas in your mouth. Do not do this more than twice a day.
  • Gargle with a mixture of water and a teaspoon of acidophilus.