Your gums matter! 80% of French people will experience some gum-related problems such as gingivitis at some point in their lives – a good oral care routine could help prevent some of these issues.
Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can cause uncomfortable if not painful symptoms at times. Sometimes pregnancy can be associated with gum problems, like bleeding gums [link to new article about bleeding gums during pregnancy], and it’s important that any gum problems are addressed as soon as possible so that they do not get worse. Find out more about how to prevent and deal with gum problems during pregnancy below.
Relieving gum problems during pregnancy
Pregnancy affects your whole body. Changes in hormone levels can cause your gums to be more sensitive to plaque, which could result in gum problems. Pregnancy might also affect the balance of good and bad bacteria in your mouth.
Here's a quick guide to what you can do to deal with gum problems during pregnancy:
See your dentist. It is very important to go for regular check-ups with your dentist. Aim to get at least one regular dental review during your pregnancy and let your dentist know that you are pregnant so he or she can be vigilant for any pregnancy-related oral health complications. Book further appointments if you experience oral health symptoms at any time.
Use Zendium as part of your daily routine. You might like to try Zendium toothpaste [link to product page] while pregnant. Not only does it have a mild and pleasant taste, but it also contains natural proteins and enzymes that will boost the good bacteria* that protect your mouth naturally, and reduce the bad bacteria that cause dental problems. Use Zendium twice a day, morning and evening for strong teeth, healthier gums**, and up to 12 hr fresher breath***.
Use a soft toothbrush, and check your brushing technique. Brushing too vigorously, or with a toothbrush with hard bristles, can irritate your gums, particularly if they are already sensitive or if you are experiencing pregnancy gum problems. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles, and get your dentist to give you some feedback on your brushing technique if you’re concerned. The Zendium Sensitive Toothbrush [link to product page] is a good choice, as it its small round head cleans even the hard-to-reach areas, without hurting your gums, and the extra-soft bristles are gentle on your gums.
Brush, floss, and use mouthwash. When you’re pregnant, it’s vital to continue with regular brushing (at least two times a day) and daily flossing. Using a mouthwash can make your mouth feel fresh and less dry, especially if you use an alcohol-free one like Zendium Mouthwash [link to product page].
Identify any issues as soon as possible. When you’re pregnant, it’s important to be vigilant towards any changes in your mouth, teeth, and gums. It’s worth doing so regularly in order to identify any potential problems early – this way, they can be treated effectively and not have the opportunity to worsen. Have a quick look once a day when you are brushing your teeth for signs of inflammation or bleeding, and if you notice any changes be sure to make an appointment for a dental check-up.
Those are some important pointers on pregnancy gum problems. Prevent it by maintaining good oral hygiene, be vigilant to the signs of any other oral health problems. and if it continues to bother you, be sure to speak to a trusted healthcare professional.
*Refers to the gum health and gum problems associated bacterial species in dental plaque which changed significantly over a 14-week clinical study with 102 subjects
**Based on results in 113 people who used Zendium, in a gum health clinical study, UK 2017.
***In vivo study on 93 subjects during 4 weeks, regular use, UK 2017