We ask that our female patients who are pregnant or think they possibly could be to inform us prior to your x-ray examination and dental treatment. Many women are aware that their gums are affected during pregnancy. Not only do hormonal changes directly effect the gums, but (especially with morning sickness) oral hygiene can suffer. Between the second and eighth month, your gums may also become red or tender and swell. Sometimes an area of swelling may resemble a tumor, which may have to be removed. While the swellings usually disappear after delivery, periodontal pockets may persist, creating chronic problems. Periodontal disease during pregnancy can place a baby's health at risk. Periodontal health should be part of your prenatal care. Pay particular attention to performing good oral hygiene and have professional tooth cleaning at three-month intervals until sometime after delivery.