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Definition Swollen gums are abnormally enlarged, bulging, or protruding. Alternative Names Swollen gums; Gingival swelling Considerations Gum swelling is quite common and may involve one or many of the triangular-shaped bits of gum between nearby teeth. These sections are called papillae. Occasionally, the gums swell significantly, blocking the teeth completely. Common Causes Gingivitis Infection by a virus or fungus Malnutrition Poorly fitting dentures Pregnancy Sensitivity to toothpaste or mouthwash Scurvy Side effect of a drug such as Dilantin or phenobarbital
I was brushing my teeth the other day and I spit out a bunch of blood. It really surprised me because I’ve never had a problem with my gums bleeding before. But swollen, sore and bleeding gums are common during pregnancy. This inflammation is called gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by the hormonal changes that increase the blood flow to the gum tissue. It’s seems every part of my body is changing because of pregnancy. It’s amazing how raging hormones cause everything from nausea to bleeding gums. The hormonal changes can also hinder the body’s response to the bacteria which causes periodontal infections. This makes it easier for plague to build up on your teeth. Now that I’m about to enter into my second trimester, my dental care becomes more crucial. My dentist told the severity of pregnancy gingivitis usually increases in the second trimester. The main thing to do during pregnancy is to keep all de...
Last time I posted here, I was edging towards a little bit of preeclampsia (if such a term as "little bit" applies to a pregnancy complication) and feeling not-so-comfortable as the months went by, but I did feel confident that I'd be okay for the duration and I'd see my baby born at the end of April. Easy-peasy, right? Whoops. Someone should have told my body to behave. Baby is on April 15th, instead of her scheduled date of April 29 (and well before her actual due date of May 6th), thanks to the pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia. So I'm currently writing this post from the hospital room, where I've been hanging out for the last three weeks. (Let me tell you, "bed rest" is anything but. I'm constantly woken up in the middle of the night by doctors and nurses who need vital signs, blood pressure results, etc, and then that whole "Oh, bladder!" moment when the baby is sitting on my bladder and wakes me up.) And baby girl is coming fir...
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