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If you have discovered that you’re pregnant, you are likely anticipating a lot of changes in your life. You probably know some of the changes that your body will undergo, but were you aware that pregnancy can also affect your dental health? As your hormone levels change, your chances may increase for certain conditions like gum disease and small bumps in your mouth called pregnancy tumors.

You may have heard that your hands or feet can swell during pregnancy. Similarly, your hormone levels changing could cause your gums to swell. This could develop into pregnancy gingivitis where your gums may be more tender, pink or could bleed easily. Our dentist may recommend that you get your teeth and gums professionally cleaned more frequently until your baby is born.

To help prevent gingivitis while at home, you should continue brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and add flossing once a day. Brushing and flossing work together to combat plaque because dental floss can get into the crevices between teeth that brushes can’t reach.

In spite of their terrifying name, pregnancy tumors are not malignant. Shaped like raspberries that form between your teeth, these small masses can show up during your second trimester. They can be removed in most circumstances if they are uncomfortable, but they should go away on their own after your baby comes.

If you have more concerns or questions about pregnancy tumors or gingivitis, or would like to make an appointment with Dr. LeeAnn Hatfield, please call Hatfield Cosmetic & Family Dentist at 864-968-8811. We’d be happy to help your family smile in our Greer, South Carolina, office.