A Woman’s Guide to Dental HealthMay 15, 2013
Men and women have their own set of similarities and differences. One of these differences include a woman’s hormonal cycle — from menstruation to pregnancy to menopause. At first glance, you may not make a direct connection between hormones and oral health. However, at closer inspection, you’ll figure out that a woman’s hormonal cycle could affect the way her body reacts to bacteria within the oral cavity.
Here at Dr. Keith Campbell’s office, a premier Higganum dental clinic, we are true believers that preventative care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. Hence, this quick yet definite guide to women’s oral health. Read on!
The Hormones Has to Do With It
Simply put, puberty, pregnancy, and menopause could increase one’s progesterone and estrogen levels. With these hormones in abundance, gum sensitivity may occur. There’s even a condition called menstruation gingivitis, wherein some women experience bleeding, pain, and swollen gums while menstruating. Oftentimes, this condition disappears simultaneously with the menstruation.
A more serious gum condition associated with hormonal shifts occurs in pregnancy. Gingivitis is reported to occur in 60 to 75 percent of expectant mothers. This condition is often triggered by poor oral hygiene and several dental irritants like too much acid in food. However, it is important to note that the increase in hormones play a huge role in the development of such gingival disease.
Older women who experience menopausal symptoms tend to have the dry mouth syndrome which could increase their risk of tooth decay. The dryness has been associated with the decrease of hormones as well.
Lastly, the use of oral contraceptives (which also influence hormonal levels) were found out to increase one’s risk of inflammation and gingival bleeding.
Special Considerations to Dental Care in Women
Apart from the usual dental check-ups and habits such as flossing, it is important for women to visit their dental care provider often during pregnancy and their menopausal phase.
If you’re a woman living in Higganum and nearby areas, visit us now for an initial consultation regarding your oral health. There’s a lot of ways to connect with us — via phone, email, or through our Facebook page! Call us now at (860) 345-2282 or fill out this contact form to book an appointment with us. We look forward to your visit!