We earlier talked about the specific oral health concerns for expectant moms — ranging from bleeding gums to x-ray exposure to adverse effects of certain medications. In addition, we have noticed that there are also would-be mothers who experience gum tumors. Every so often, these women visit us here at our practice worried and alarmed for both their health and their baby’s.
Rare and Harmless
Also known as pyogenic granuloma or granuloma of pregnancy, gum tumors during pregnancy are actually rare. They are known to occur in 1 to 5 percent of women and are most likely to appear during the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
By and large, these tumors will appear as purple or red bump/s along the gumline and may range in size — from a few millimeters to an inch or two. In some cases, the bump may bleed and result to an open sore.
Rest assured, these tumors are actually harmless and pain-free. In fact, they tend to disappear after childbirth. They pose no threat to one’s general health and has nothing to do with mouth cancer. However, some women find these tumors that are quite large and visible as a source of discomfort during pregnancy. For this reason, the tumors may have to be removed. Other reasons that may warrant removal include speech problems and difficulties cleaning their gums and teeth.
Preventing Gum Tumors During Pregnancy
Possible causes of gum tumors during pregnancy include poor oral hygiene, hormonal shifts, physical trauma, and gum irritation. By and large, you can prevent their occurrence through excellent oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist.
Visit us now at the Doctors of Dental Medicine! Call us at 732-329-3113. You can also fill out this contact form today to set up an appointment with us! We look forward to helping you achieve excellent oral health.