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The importance of good oral health and nutrition for pregnant women

During pregnancy, hormone balances change and if good oral hygiene is not practiced the gums may become red, swollen and bleed. This condition may lead to pregnancy gingivitis. Research has shown a link between pregnancy gingivitis and preterm delivery. Brushing teeth and gums regularly and daily use of dental floss will lessen symptoms. Practitioners should advise women to seek help from a dental professional if their gums continue to bleed.