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Bleeding gums during pregnancy

There are many things you might expect when it comes to pregnancy, but something women don’t often anticipate is bleeding gums. By understanding the reasons why this might occur and how to deal with it if it does, you can feel well prepared for whatever happens to your body during these rollercoaster few months. Here’s our guide to the reasons for bleeding gums during pregnancy and some suggestions for how you can deal with it.

Why might you get bleeding gums during pregnancy? 

When you are pregnant, you are more at risk of developing gum problems like sensitive or bleeding gums; this is because of the hormonal changes that come with pregnancy. Bleeding gums are an indication of potential gum disease, and if left untreated, it can get worse, so it’s really important to consult your dentist if you notice blood while brushing or flossing your teeth.

Zendium Red and swollen gums

How to stop bleeding gums

Of course, if your gums do start bleeding you will be keen to make them stop. Visiting your dentist is crucial as they will be able to offer advice and solutions. 

Zendium toothpaste is clinically proven to give you improved gum health.* Zendium’s prebiotic benefit promotes good bacteria associated to gum health and reduces bad bacteria associated with gum problems**, working in harmony with your mouth and strengthening its natural defences. Its SLS free toothpaste formula is clinically proven to be 4 times kinder to your mouth than a regular toothpaste with SLS***.

Zendium Swollen and tender gums

Using a soft toothbrush, like Zendium, may help if your gums are sensitive or bleeding during pregnancy, as the bristles are extra-soft to be gentle on your gums.

If you are ever worried about your mouth, teeth, or gums while pregnant, be sure to get the advice of a healthcare professional. For most women, attending regular dental checks, observing good oral hygiene, and using products like Zendium should help keep your mouth healthy.


2 Kilian, M, et al. ‘The oral microbiome – an update for oral healthcare professionals’. BDJ, 221: 657–666 (18 November 2016).


*Based on research with 2,449 people, representative of the French population, about their oral hygiene. Research conducted by TNS in 2014.

**Based on results in 113 people who used Zendium, in a gum health clinical study, UK 2017.

The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes. We recommend that you consult your dentist if you are experiencing any gum problems.