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Why is gingivitis easier to get while pregnant?

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The increased level of progesterone in pregnancy may make it easier for certain gingivitis-causing bacteria to grow, as well as make gum tissue more sensitive to plaque and exaggerate the body's response to the toxins that result from plaque. In fact, if you already have significant gum disease, being pregnant may make it worse.

SOURCES: American Academy of Periodontology. American Dental Association. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. , July 2001. Jeffcoat MKJournal of Am Dent Assoc,

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on July 07, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Periodontology. American Dental Association. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. , July 2001. Jeffcoat MKJournal of Am Dent Assoc,

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on July 07, 2018

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