What's Going On?

When you brush your teeth, is your toothbrush suddenly pink (or even bright red)? Are your teeth and gums especially sensitive to heat and cold?

Woman brushing her teeth

This is yet another sign of pregnancy. A surge of estrogen and progesterone can increase in the amount of plaque on your teeth, which, if not removed, can lead to pregnancy gingivitis. When you're expecting, it's common for your gums to be swollen and tender. You're also at increased risk for cavities and other tooth problems, so if your teeth and/or gums do bother you, see your dentist -- but be sure to mention your pregnancy. You can at least be alerted to any potentially serious problems that will need to be treated after you give birth. In the meantime, keep up your daily brushing and flossing routine, using gentle strokes and a soft toothbrush. (Very warm water on your brush can help further soften the bristles.)


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