(Closed) Clean food diet and inflamed gums?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Maybe it’s the amount of chewing involved?  I sometimes feel like eating apples is kind of irritating on my gums… say if I take a bite and it hits the gum hard.  Plus they’re kind of acidic.  If you’re eating a lot of apples and other crunchy fruit that could be part of it.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Gums can get really inflamed/sore/infected while pregnant.  I have amazing gums and teeth and I just went in for a cleaning and mine were bleeding when she was flossing them!  Have you been to see the dentist lately?  It’s really a great thing to do while your pregnant.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m pretty sure my gums bled when I was pregnant. I think it’s just one of the wonderful side effects and probably does not have to do with what you are eating.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Your mouth could be experiencing a pH change due to your recent change in diet. Your body might be trying to find a good acidity balance and that can sometimes cause swelling of the mouth and gums. I’m not sure what the “clean food” diet consists of, but have you recently cut out carbs? I would go see your doctor because I know that ketoacidosis (body producing too much acid) can present itself this way (some people experience swelling and peeling in the mouth). This is usually only common for people with diabetes, but gestational diabetes does occur. If it persists or gets worse go see a doctor right away.

Sounds like this is something minor though. I have really sensitive skin to certain preservatives and when I drink/eat too many foods with aspartame or other synthetic chemicals I get swelling in my mouth and gums. This usually only lasts a day or two. Once I had it so bad that it caused discomfort while eating. The doctor prescribed me a topical treatment that helped a ton!

Good luck, I hope it feels better soon 🙂

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It sounds like a case of pregnancy gingivitis, which will go away after you give birth.  Have you had a cleaning recently?  If not def get one, it’ll be much healthier and the dental hygienist (like me 🙂 ) can give you some good tips!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

My gums bled a lot in my 2nd trimester, it lasted for a few weeks and then went away.  I don’t think anything I ate caused it though because my diet didn’t change all that much once pregnant.  I was a bit freaked out by it and worried about my gums being more susceptible to bacteria, so I started pouring a little hydrogen peroxide over my toothbrush and brushing my gums with that before brushing with regular toothpaste and gargling with anti-gingivitis mouth wash.  I’m not sure that H2O2 is the best thing for tooth enamel (and definately don’t swallow it) but it made me feel less stressed and it went away within a few weeks. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yup, totally unrelated. One of the many, many gifts that come along with pregnancy.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@firsttimemom:  Nope you can never floss too much!  It’s mainly all the hormones you have coursing through your body!  It’s totally normal, and I see it in 95% of my pregnant patients!  PM me if you have any other questions! 🙂

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

Not every pregnant woman gets pregnancy related gingivitis, so it could be that if its been awhile since you’ve had a professional cleaning, and it could also simply be a matter of you being too vigorous/aggressive with your flossing and causing cuts between your teeth. If you do it one or more times a day and keep slicing the tissue, it will definitely hurt.

If it’s time for you to have your teeth checked and cleaned, schedule an appointment~and be more gentle with the floss and see if it helps any.

 

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