Periodontal Health During Pregnancy
Swelling of gums is caused by plaque buildup.
One of the unique concerns women face during pregnancy is an increase in plaque that can threaten periodontal (gum) health. If left untreated, plaque buildup can lead to conditions such as pregnancy gingivitis and pregnancy tumors. Much of the change in oral health is due to hormones, so before the situation deteriorates, get the care you need by contacting our office today at (512) 328-0911.
What is pregnancy gingivitis?
This is simply a form of the disease that commonly affects pregnant women. Like regular gingivitis, it causes red, swollen, tender gums that are more likely to bleed. Most pregnant women experience these problems to some degree, beginning especially in the second trimester. If you already have gingivitis, the condition may worsen.
What are pregnancy tumors?
They are an overgrowth of tissue that develops when swollen gums become irritated. Despite the name, they are benign and not at all cancerous. However, they may be especially uncomfortable when they interfere with chewing, brushing, or flossing.
It’s essential to prevent these problems by taking excellent care of your oral health. So make sure you brush and floss regularly, and be sure to contact us for a checkup if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. We’ll examine your condition and discuss a treatment plan to keep both mother and baby healthy!
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.