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Dentist says she can tell patients are PREGNANT just by looking inside their mouths

Dentist Sukhmani Singh, known as @thatdentalgal on TikTok, explained how she can often tell if her patients are pregnant just by looking in their mouths

Gums don’t lie! Dentist Says She Can Tell Patients They’re PREGNANT Just By Looking Into Their Mouth (Thanks To This Telltale Sign)

  • Sukhmani Singh, known as @thatdentalgal on TikTok, explained how she can often tell a patient is pregnant during an exam in a now-viral video
  • She explained that many moms-to-be develop pregnancy gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums caused by hormonal changes.
  • Singh shared that “gums become more inflamed, sensitive and prone to bleeding”
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 60% to 75% of pregnant women have gingivitis
  • Without treatment, the gums can become infected and the teeth can come off.
  • Periodontitis, a serious gum infection that can lead to tooth loss, has been linked to poor pregnancy outcomes, including premature birth

A dentist has revealed how she can tell her patients they’re pregnant during an exam – and it’s all about the gums.

Sukhmani Singh, known as @thatdentalgal on TikTok, opened up about the tell-tale sign in the third installment of her ongoing “What Your Dentist Can Tell About You” video series.

“Your dentist may be able to tell you’re pregnant,” she explained. “It’s not just due to nausea and enamel erosion, but what’s called pregnancy gingivitis.”

She explained that many moms-to-be develop pregnancy gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums caused by hormonal changes.

She explained that many moms-to-be develop pregnancy gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums caused by hormonal changes.

Pregnancy gingivitis is inflammation of the gums caused by hormonal changes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The hormone surge can make the gums more susceptible to plaque buildup, which can build up along the gum line and lead to gingivitis.

“The gums become more inflamed, tender, and prone to bleeding,” Singh said of symptoms that may indicate pregnancy gingivitis.

‘Did you know?’ she asked in the caption.

Singh shared that

Singh shared that “gums become more inflamed, tender and prone to bleeding.” Without treatment, the gums can become infected and the teeth can loosen.

Singh’s video has been viewed over 714,000 times since it was posted in May 2021, and some viewers were understandably shocked.

“Okay, I noticed my gums were bleeding three weeks ago, but I also changed the head of my electric toothbrush. I’m freaking out now,’ one TikTok user wrote in the comments.

“I’m scared,” admitted someone else. “My gums are like balloons in places and my dentist hasn’t said a word about it…”

Another added: “Not me checking my teeth in the mirror after watching this video.”

Singh advises people who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to talk to their dentist about how to keep their gingivitis or periodontitis 'well controlled'

Singh advises people who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to talk to their dentist about how to keep their gingivitis or periodontitis 'well controlled'

Singh advises people who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to talk to their dentist about how to keep their gingivitis or periodontitis ‘well controlled’

Other commenters shared how they had similar issues with their gums and teeth when they were pregnant.

“My gums bled so much during pregnancy! recalls one woman. “During my cleaning they were very careful because even the smallest touch caused so much bleeding!”

Another TikTok user said she just got pregnant and “couldn’t eat or drink anything hot” because her “gums were so sore”.

“I’m trying for a baby and my dentist told me today that she thinks I’m pregnant…I hope she’s right!!!” someone else noted.

Singh's video has been viewed over 714,000 times since it was posted in May 2021, and some viewers were understandably shocked

Singh’s video has been viewed over 714,000 times since it was posted in May 2021, and some viewers were understandably shocked

The CDC estimates that about 60-75% of pregnant women have gingivitis. Without treatment, the gums can become infected and the teeth can loosen.

Periodontitis, a serious gum infection that can lead to tooth loss, has been linked to poor pregnancy outcomes, although the link is not yet fully understood.

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“Some studies have shown that pregnant women with periodontitis are at greater risk of having low birth weight [and] premature babies,” Singh explained in a previous video.

“Scientists believe the cause is that periodontitis can increase the amount of prostaglandins circulating in your body. Prostaglandins play a key role in the birthing process and tell the body that it’s time to give birth.

Singh advises people who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to talk to their dentist about keeping their gingivitis or periodontitis at bay’well controlled and well managed.

WHAT IS PREGNANCY GINGIVITIS?

Pregnancy gingivitis is inflammation of the gums that causes redness, swelling and tenderness.

Hormonal changes can make the gums more susceptible to plaque buildup, which can accumulate along the gum line and lead to gingivitis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately 60-75% of pregnant women suffer from gingivitis.

Without treatment, the gums can become infected and the teeth can loosen.

Periodontitis, a serious gum infection that can lead to tooth loss, has been linked to poor pregnancy outcomes, including premature birth and low birth weight, although the link is not yet fully understood.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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