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The relationship between pregnancy and gum disease is very important.  Hormonal changes during pregnancy, especially increased progesterone levels, can cause tenderness and swelling in the gums.  This may increase the risk of developing gum diseases such as gingivitis.

Maternal gingivitis usually occurs with symptoms such as redness, swelling and bleeding of the gums.  Neglecting this condition can lead to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease.  Research also shows that women who have gum disease during pregnancy may have an increased risk of low birth weight and premature birth.

Another important point related to gum disease during pregnancy is the "pregnancy tumor".  This is a benign (non-harmful) growth that can form on the gums during pregnancy.  It usually appears as red, soft masses on the gum surface.  Hormonal changes and plaque accumulation may contribute to the formation of such growths.  It is usually harmless, but can be uncomfortable.

Pregnancy tumors usually shrink in response to dental cleanings and good oral hygiene.  However, if the growth continues or causes discomfort, it should be evaluated by a dentist.  To maintain oral health during pregnancy, it is important to pay attention to regular dental checkups, good dental hygiene and dietary habits.

Therefore, it is important to pay special attention to oral health during pregnancy.  Regular dental check-ups, dental cleaning, healthy eating habits and following dentist recommendations during pregnancy are important steps for the health of both the expectant mother and the baby.