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Can the mirena coil cause gum infections?

Can the mirena coil cause gum infections? I have been suffering with gum problems from about a month after I had mine fitted. Had xrays done at the dentist with no results. I know some women get gum problems during pregnancy because of hormone changes. Can this be the case for the mirena coil as well?
Mon, 26 May 2014
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Hello,
I understand your concern. Hormone fluctuations often do affect the gums and may require additional attention to oral hygiene habits. Make sure your home care routine includes brushing multiple times per day, daily flossing and vigorous rinsing. Interdental cleaners may help and come in many varieties. Motorized toothbrushes often can help patient's with removal of sticky, resistant daily plaque formation. Gums often have an exaggerated response to plaque. Gums can be a very reactive tissue and respond to any stress or change you are experiencing. Please give your body time to adjust. If your symptoms are mainly bleeding gums, work on daily care and plan on returning to the dentist for a cleaning in 3 months. An increased cleaning schedule may reduce inflammation and prevent severe periodontal problems. I recommend an increased cleaning schedule for pregnant patients seen in my office.
If you are having other symptoms, please discuss this with your dentist and physician. I, also, would be glad to answer additional questions. I hope this will assist you and that you feel more comfortable with my recommendations.
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