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Why am I at risk for gingivitis when I am pregnant?

Because of raised hormone levels, gingivitis is sometimes common in pregnant women. Dr. Maria Lopez Howell explains the importance of good oral hygiene during pregnancy.
Jonathan B. Levine, DMD
Prosthodontics
Unfortunately, only 22-34% of pregnant women visit their dentist. Ironically, a shocking 60-75% of pregnant women have gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Gingivitis is caused by the accumulation of plaque, a sticky biofilm of bacteria, which covers the gums. During gestation, women experience a rise in estrogen and progesterone levels, increasing the gums' susceptibility to the bacteria found in plaque.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.
 

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