You have so much to think about during pregnancy, but don’t overlook your oral health, which can be affected by the hormonal changes you will experience during this time.

For example, women are more likely to develop gingivitis during pregnancy. Gingivitis is an infection of the gingiva (gums) that can cause swelling and tenderness. Your gums also may bleed a little when you brush or floss. Left untreated, gingivitis can affect the supporting tissues that hold your teeth in place. Your dentist
may recommend more frequent cleanings to prevent gingivitis.

Sometimes lumps appear along the gum line and between teeth. These swellings are harmless, but they bleed easily and are characterized by a red, raw-looking mulberry like surface.

Although these growths are called “pregnancy tumors,” they are not cancerous.