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Pregnant, Quitting smoking Sore gums

Hi everyone. I just found out im pregnant so i wanted to stop smoking for my babys sake and mine as well. But when i quit at fist everything was fine, then i noticed my gums starting to really hurt. their swollen and bleeding and rlly sore. Does anyone know if this is normal from quitting? or if i may have gingavitis or something? ive never really stayed on top of brushing my whole life and still have not ever had a sore mouth till now so the pain is worse to me because i havent felt it before. any suggestions for pain pleassssssseeee <3 !!

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I am putting a post on which may help you. Monky (pete) found it a while ago.

Now you have quit smoking, you may find that your teeth & gums are sore, or sensitive :o

Well I've been hunting around the old blogs and have come up with this, it may just help you a little and ease the pain :) :)

When you smoked, you were literally smoking your gums and throat. Your gums and tissues built up a crust just like if you were smoking a salmon.

When you quit smoking that old, hard crusty tissue will slough off and in its place you will get new, baby tissue, almost like when a baby is teething.

Only about 1 out of 30 people that quit smoking or chewing get sore mouth, gums and tongue, but if you are affected by this symptom your mouth will feel like it is hot and on fire.

Don't suffer with this symptom. It may last as long as 8 weeks.

A student in one of my Nicotine Solutions classes had to have her dentures relined because there was that much of a change in her gums from quitting smoking.

Try Amosan to relieve sore mouth, gums and tongue. Amosan is a soothing mouth-rinse. It comes in a powder and you mix it with water and rinse with it and then spit it out. It is very soothing and you will be glad you didn't suffer with this symptom.

The active ingredient in Amosan is (or rather was) sodium perborate. When mixed with water, sodium perborate yields borate (which does nothing for your mouth) and HYDROGEN PEROXIDE.

So, simply mix 2tsp/10ml of common first-aid type hydrogen peroxide (10 volume/3% strength) with 2tsp/10ml of warm water. Then rinse exactly as you did with Amosan. DON'T SWALLOW THE MIXTURE! (Read the warnings on the hydrogen peroxide bottle.) I used this myself last time I had a gum inflammation and it worked perfectly (and at a tiny fraction of the price of Amosan!)

As with Amosan you shouldn't eat or drink for 20-30 minutes after rinsing. And make sure you use a fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide, not one you've had sitting around the medicine cabinet for a couple of years and have been using to dab bloody cuts and scrapes.

For more convenience (plus a minty taste) Colgate now markets a hydrogen peroxide oral rinse under the name Peroxyl. I haven't tried it but it appears to be widely sold across North America and no doubt other regions, and if it isn't available in your area you can buy it on eBay.

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thankyou so much. atleast i know why my gums are hurting for sure now, im going to pick up some of that Amosan and give it a try, but do they sell it in canada? like at a local shoppers drugmart or something ?


Hey Donna, a huge welcome to Quit Support :-)

Congratulations on the news of your pregnancy and on making the best decision for both you and your baby's health :-)

Are you getting any extra help locally to help you quit? Maybe using some form of NRT too? Let me know if you need to know any more details of what is available and I'll come back to you on it :-)

Having sore gums is common during the early days of stopping smoking and is a positive sign that your body is healing :-) Remember that smoking masks a lot of problems and now that you have stopped feeding it all those 4,000 plus toxins, you body is breathing a sigh of relief and is now healing itself.

Keep it in the forefront of your mind that this is all only temporary :-)

If you have any problems getting a simple mouthwash, you can try using some salted water. Rinsing your mouth and gargling a couple of times daily will help.

Keep us posted on how you are doing :-)

Well done to you :-)

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my mom just got home with some extra strength listerine, and it seems to work for a while (: thankyou so much, ive wanted to quit for a long time but my baby has given me the motivation i need because its not only for just me anymore. you could say im a bit of a people pleaser lol. but since being pregnant the smell/taste of smokes turn me right off and send me into a gagging fit now. (:


That is your body's natural way of rejecting and directing a harmful substance away from your baby :-) Making it taste bad to you :D :D

Give us a shout if you need owt ;-)

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Hiya Donna and a big warm welcome to quit support 😃😃

Congratulations on your lovely baby news and also on quitting as you really are doing the best thing for you and your baby's health. I suffered with sore gums and sensitive teeth when I quit and infortunately it's one of the side effects 😰

The good thing is it will only be temporary and my dentist told me to use warm salt water and a baby toothbrush. You've got lots of good advice already so wishing you well in your quit and it will all be worth it 😃👍 x

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Hi Donna, a big warm welcome to our lovely quit support community :) and a big well done to you for quitting the smokes :) especially now your pregnant too, congratulations by the way :) :)

I see you've had loads of great advice :) ermmm, just wandering, could you let me know your quit date please, sooooo, then I can go and catch you a Winners badge to put after your name :)

Take care now Donna and just remember NOPE :o Not One Puff Ever :)

Hope to speak soon, Pete :)


Hang in there with mouth as it gets well eventually. Why not go see a dentist?


I had a very bad time for first 3 months. Even developed ulcers and gums were bleeding. Was horrible. Dentist said it was ok as gums need to get to new normal. I did develop gingivitis and recently had gums scrapped. Feel like a million bucks. Hang in there as it will get better but I understand your pain.

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