In November 2017, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) launched The Oral Health & Pregnancy project. The aim of the Oral Health and Pregnancy project, a collaboration between the EFP and Oral-B, was to promote women’s oral health during pregnancy through guidelines for patients and for healthcare professionals.
We have a number of patient resources and infographics on the BSP website covering this important topic: https://www.bsperio.org.uk/patients/oralhealthandpregnancy/index.html
In the latest update to its Oral Health & Pregnancy project, the EFP has released a one-minute animated video that explains the key gum-health issues that affect pregnant women. https://www.efp.org/newsupdate/efp-animation-oral-health-pregnancy/
With a lively graphical style, the animation explains how women may experience bodily changes during pregnancy that can lead to symptoms including swollen and bleeding gums, pain while chewing, and bad breath.
It notes that if gum disease during pregnancy is untreated it can lead to pregnancy complications and advises women to maintain good oral hygiene and to visit a dentist. The animated video ends with some clear key messages on gum health and the actions pregnant women should take.