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Some women get nosebleeds when they are pregnant. That's because there is more blood flow to the tissue inside the nose (mucous membranes) when you are pregnant.
You also have more blood flow to the mucous membranes of the mouth and gums
when you are pregnant. This may also cause bleeding, especially when you brush your teeth.
Your gums may be more swollen than usual. Try using a toothbrush with soft bristles.
Regular visits to your dentist during pregnancy are important to
prevent problems. Tell your dentist that you are pregnant. Dental X-rays and local anesthesia are safe during pregnancy. So most dental work can be done while you are pregnant. Delaying dental care can make a problem worse.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofOctober 6, 2016
Current as of:
October 6, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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