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If your gums bleed, it's important to get it under control.  Though it might be due to a simple reason, like using a toothbrush that's too hard, there's more to it than that sometimes.  Research suggests that periodontal disease, which may be the reason for your bleeding gums, is linked to conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and premature birth.

Have You Changed Your Flossing Habits?


Did you recently start flossing again after a long break? Or are you new to the routine? You'll probably notice some bleeding as your gums get used to it.  Don't let the sight of blood make you give up this healthy habit.  After about a week, your gums will calm down. Flossing removes plaque that can prevent bleeding gums in the future.

toothbrush bristles

Your Toothbrush Is Too Rough

Hard bristles can hurt on your delicate gums.  Bleeding could be a sign you need a softer brush or that you're going at your gums too intensely.  Buy a soft or extra-soft toothbrush and use a gentle circular motion to clean your teeth and gums so you don't injure them.

Torso view of a pregnant woman holding a salad

Now more than ever, it’s important to eat a well balanced diet.  That’s because what you eat during your pregnancy affects the development of your baby, including the teeth.  A baby’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of the pregnancy.  

What to Eat

According to MyPlate, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture, a balanced diet should include:

  • Fruits and vegetables. Combined these should be half of what you eat every day.
  • Grains. Make sure at least half of the grains you eat are whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole wheat bread and brown rice.
  • Dairy. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
  • Lean proteins. Make lean protein choices, such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish. Try to vary your protein choices to include eggs, beans, peas and legumes, too. 

In addition to maintaining a healthy diet, try to resist the urge to snack constantly.  While it’s normal for pregnant woman to have the desire to eat more, frequent snacking can be an invitation to tooth decay.  When you do snack, choose foods that are nutritious for you and your baby such as raw fruits and vegetables, yogurt, or cheese, and make sure to follow your physician’s advice regarding diet.

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