MISSING your period, swollen breasts and feeling sick are all key signs that you might be pregnant.
But a dentist has now revealed a unique way to find out if you’ve got a bun in the oven and it’s as easy as looking at your mouth.
Your dentist can tell if you’re pregnant just by doing an examination, one expert has suggested[/caption]
Posting on TikTok, a fourth year dental student said there are many things a dentist can uncover about your health from just looking at your mouth.
Dr Sukhmani said: “Your dentist may be able to tell that you are pregnant.
“This is not only due to the nausea and the enamel erosion, but this is due to pregnancy gingivitis which is seen in 30 to 50 per cent of pregnant patients.
“Gums become more inflamed, tender and prone to bleeding.”
Enamel erosion can be caused if you have persistent morning sickness, with the acid from the sick damaging teeth.
If you are already having morning sickness though, it’s likely that you already know you are pregnant.
Dr Sukhmani revealed how dentists can tell if you are pregnant and what you should look out for[/caption]
Over 75,000 people liked Dr Sukhmani’s post with many commenting their own experiences of oral health issues during pregnancy.
One user said that her gums had “bled so much during pregnancy, during my cleaning they had to be extra careful”.
Others said they had visited the dentist chair unaware they were pregnant until the dentist asked how many weeks along they were.
The NHS says that when it comes to pregnancy, every woman is different and that not all pregnancy symptoms affect all women.
Ways to treat pregnancy gingivitis
During pregnancy increased levels of the hormone, progesterone, cause an increased response to plaque bacteria.
This can lead to ginigivitis.
Experts at Crest say there are things you can do to treat pregnancy gingivitis.
- See your dentist and tell them you are pregnant – this will help you get the correct treatment
- Use an anti-gingivitis toothpaste – this could help reverse the early signs of gum damage
- Use mouthwash – this helps kill bacteria forming in your mouth
- Make sure you remove plaque from your mouth
They said the most common symptoms are:
- Feeling sick
- Feeling tired
- Sore breasts
- Peeing more
- Strange tastes or cravings
It also states that some women get swollen or sore gums during pregnancy that could be prone to bleeding.
The NHS states: “Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums more vulnerable to plaque, leading to inflammation and bleeding.
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“This is also called pregnancy gingivitis or gum disease.”
It also states that you should take care of your oral health during pregnancy – but said there are some procedures you should avoid.
The best thing to do, the NHS states, is to inform your dentist that you are pregnant, that way you can discuss the best treatments for you.
NHS guidance states: “If you need a dental X-ray, your dentist will usually wait until you’ve had your baby, even though most dental X-rays do not affect the tummy (abdomen) or pelvic area.”