gums..My gums are very sensitive..is this normal?

Britni - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my botton gums are very sensitive when I brush my teeth.. they bleed.. idk if thats normal or not.. :(

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Crystal - posted on 08/06/2009

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My gum would bleed when I was pregnant. Just go easy on them. Your blood volume is increasing because of the baby and this causes your cums to swell.

Kate CP - posted on 08/06/2009

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Yep. Normal. Use a softer toothbrush, floss, and rinse with cold water-it stops the bleeding.

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Oh, I didn't know you were pregnant. Well first congratulations! When I was pregnant with my daughter I went to the dentist and I never saw so much blood in my life! They also bled when I flossed. I am pregnant again and I also get bleeding on and off when I floss. Hope this helps!

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I'm in my third trimester with baby number two and my gums do tend to bleed a little when I brush my teeth--from my experience with my daughter, this problem does go away after you've had your baby. Hang in there! Every pregnancy has its share of weird stuff that happens to your body, but luckily its temporary :)

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im a dental nurse and have recently been pregnant... so i know a fair bit about the issue.

yes, hormones can cause temporary gingivitas... but thats usually in conjunction with your oral hygiene habits.

there is no reason for your gums to bleed excessively during pregnancy. tips to help prevent it from getting bad:

brush twice a day. morning and just before bed are good times.
use a tooth paste which has calcium and fluride in it. (doesnt have to be a flash expencive one)
floss once a day. best done just before bed.
stay away from listerine and other mouth washes as they dehydrate your mouth.
avoid sugery food.
drink lots of water.

i know that sounds simple and everyone knows how to look after their teeth but its so important to be vigilant with it.

good luck. hope it clears up!!

Samantha - posted on 07/24/2009

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If your pregnant you are more prone to getting pregnancy gingivitis. Your gums become very sensitive and they bleed when you brush them because of your hormones changing. I had it and after I had my daughter it went away.

Natassia - posted on 07/24/2009

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YES! omg i hated that. I'd brush my teeth and spit more blood than toothpaste or water! ugh... it goes away ... but it SUCKS cuz there's nothin you can do.

Britni - posted on 07/23/2009

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yeah I was reading and since im pregos, it said hormones could cause it, but it doesnt happen all the time just random times.. its weird.. but ill try a natural toothpaste and some of the crest pro health stuff.. lol thanks guys

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Does it happen all the time? Or just certain times of the month? I went to the dentist with the same problem and they said to see if it happened around my period because hormones could play a part and it turned out it was for about a week every month it would happen. I would try using listerene, it worked for me or crest pro health mouthwash worked too. If it happens all the time I would go to the dentist because it could be a sign of gingivitis.

Susan - posted on 07/23/2009

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I would try an all natural toothpaste, see if that helps... or sensodyne. Have you been tested for food allergies? They sometimes contribute to sensitive mouth and mouth pain... Just a thought. :) Hope it helps.

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