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Pregnancy Gingivitis

Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase your risk for developing gingivitis.  Increased levels of progesterone may make it easier for gingivitis-causing bacteria to grow.  Your body may have an exaggerated response to plaque, causing inflammation of the gum tissue.  To prevent gingivitis, it is important to keep brushing twice daily for two minutes and floss at least once daily.  You may also use an antimicrobial mouth rinse, like Listerine.  For some women, it can be difficult to brush their teeth due to nausea.  If you are not able to brush in the early morning, try brushing when you get to work.  The most important time to brush is before bed.  Just do your best!

– from Caitlin Z. (Dental Assistant)

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