bleeding gums during pregnancy

Nov 6, 2013
I am in 2nd trimester now, for the last 1 week my gums are bleeding while brushing the teeth. I didn't have this problem before this.

friends share did any one of you have the same problem. i have appointment with the doctor only after 2 weeks so do i need to go and consult doctor immediately or i can wait ... till my appointment.


Ruler's of Penmai
Registered User
Jul 26, 2012
Having swollen, red, tender gums that bleed when you floss or brush is a common complaint during pregnancy. About half of moms-to-be have these symptoms – a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. Your gums are more likely to become inflamed during pregnancy in part because of hormonal changes that make them more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque.You may also develop a benign nodule on your gums that bleeds when you brush. This relatively rare nodule is called a pregnancy tumor or pyogenic granuloma – scary names for something that's harmless and usually painless. Pregnancy tumors can actually pop up anywhere on your body during pregnancy, but they show up most often in the mouth.
A pregnancy tumor can grow to up to three-quarters of an inch in size and is more likely to appear in an area where you have gingivitis. Typically, it disappears after you have your baby, but if it doesn't, you'll need to have it removed. If it causes discomfort, interferes with chewing or brushing, or starts to bleed excessively, you can have it removed while you're pregnant.

In any case, it's important to take good care of your teeth and gums during pregnancy. If you don't treat gingivitis, it can get worse and develop into periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease in which the infection goes beyond your gums into the bone and other tissue that supports your teeth

Prevention is key. Practice good oral hygiene and get regular preventive dental care.

  • Brush thoroughly but gently at least twice a day (after every meal if possible), using a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Floss daily.
  • Get regular preventive dental care. Your dentist or periodontist can remove plaque and tartar that brushing can't get to. If you haven't seen your dentist recently, schedule a visit now for a thorough cleaning and checkup. Be sure to let her know that you're pregnant and how far along you are. She'll probably want to see you once more during your pregnancy, too – or even more often if you already have gum disease, since pregnancy will likely make the problem worse.
  • Don't put off getting treatment for dental problems. If necessary, local anesthesia such as Novocain is safe throughout pregnancy. And if antibiotics are needed, there are pregnancy-safe drugs available.
In addition to regular checkups, schedule a dental appointment right away if you have any of the following:

  • A toothache
  • Gums that bleed frequently and cause you pain
  • Other signs of gum disease, like swollen, tender gums; receding gums; persistent bad breath; or loosening teeth
  • Growths in your mouth, even if they're not painful or causing any other symptoms
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Commander's of Penmai
Apr 26, 2012
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hi swetha congrats on your pregnancy!

Though it is common during pregnancy, Consult your gynecologist for the problem, she may give you right solution to you.

I too had the problem and was advised to brush with a special tablet which need to be powdered. It works out well.

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