A dental student went viral at TikTok after discovering that a dentist could tell if a patient was pregnant just by looking at their mouth. The TikTok @thatdentalgal_ user, who boasts nearly 14,000 followers, shares tips on what a dentist can find, including eating disorders, sinus infections and whether anyone is a smoker.
Suhmani, who identifies herself as a fourth-year dental student on her TikTok account, has garnered more than 75,000 likes in her “Part 3” of the video series, which explains that there are several indicators in the patient’s mouth that can reveal pregnancy, including nausea and enamel erosion and “pregnancy gingivitis”
Symptoms may include inflamed and tender 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.
Hormonal changes can also interfere with the body’s response to bacteria, potentially leading to periodontal infections, which facilitates the accumulation of plaque on the teeth. The severity of pregnancy gingivitis usually increases in the second trimester, according to the association.
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The American Dental Association recommends that pregnant women continue to visit their dentist for oral examinations and cleaning. The association advises pregnant women to continue their daily care, such as routine brushing twice a day and flossing.
“Oral health is an important part of your overall health, and untreated dental disease can be harmful to you and your baby,” the association advises. “Remember to include oral health in your daily self-care routine and inform your dentist of any changes in oral health during pregnancy.”
The video shocks unexpected users and encourages others to share their own symptoms of dental pregnancy.
“I check if I’m pregnant without having to take a pregnancy test,” one user replied.
“Omg, when I was pregnant, I was fooling you, but some of my teeth weren’t loose, I was horrible,” said another.
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Another said her mother had been asked by a dentist how far she had been in her pregnancy and she did not even know yet.
“Please, it scares me on my way to brush my teeth eight times a day,” said another.