A dentist has gone viral on TikTok after revealing that a dentist might be able to tell if a patient is pregnant just by looking at the mouth. TikTok user @thatdentalgal_, which boasts nearly 14,000 followers, has shared tips on what a dentist can detect, including eating disorders, sinus infections, and whether anyone is a smoker.
Sukhmani, who identifies as a fourth-year dentist on his TikTok profile, has received over 75,000 likes on his “part 3” in the video series, which explains that there are a few indicators in a patient’s mouth that can reveal a pregnancy, including nausea and enamel erosion and “pregnancy gingivitis”, which she said is seen in up to 30-50% of women expected.
Symptoms may include inflamed and sore gums that are more prone to bleeding. According to the American Pregnancy Association, pregnancy gingivitis is caused by hormonal changes that increase blood flow to the gum tissue and make the gums more sensitive, irritable and swollen.
The hormonal changes can also prevent the body̵
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The American Dental Association recommends pregnant women continue to see their dentist for oral examinations and cleanings. The association advises pregnant women to continue with daily care such as routine brush twice daily and flossing.
“Your oral hygiene is an important part of your overall health, and untreated dental disease can be harmful to you and your baby,” the association advises. “Be sure to include your oral hygiene in your daily routine of self-care and keep your dentist informed of changes in your oral hygiene during pregnancy.”
The video shocked both unexpected users and made others share their own symptoms of dental pregnancy.
“I checked to see if I was pregnant without having to take a pregnancy test,” a user replied.
“Omg, when I was pregnant, I offered you, not some of my teeth were loose, I was scared,” said another.
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Another said her mother was asked by a dentist how far along she was in the pregnancy and she had not even known it yet.
“Please this scares me on the way to brushing my teeth 8 times a day,” said another.