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Pregnancy and Gingivitis
Pregnant women who are expecting a baby soon normally experience higher levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This increased Hormone production, leads to the gums react entirely different to the bacteria present in plaque. In several cases, it can cause a condition called “pregnancy gingivitis.” Symptoms for pregnancy Gingivitis include inflated, red gums and bleeding of the gums while brushing. Latest research shows a link between pre-mature and low birth weight babies and gingivitis. Too much bacteria, that causes gingivitis, can enter the bloods through the gums. In this case, the bacteria can pass on to the uterus, causing the production of chemicals called “prostaglandins, “. These chemicals are suspected cause for pre-mature delivery. During pregnancy, it is recommended that you have regular dental check-ups to avoid mouth infections that can affect the fetus.