Hormonal Changes and Gum Disease
Women may be at an increased risk of gum disease and other dental health issues as a result of hormonal changes, according to a recent review of 100 studies and more than 60 journal articles. The review, which was led by Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine, determined that while women generally take better care of their teeth and gums, they are still more prone to gum disease.
Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause are all accompanied by significant shifts in hormone levels. Female hormones affect the body, but they also affect dental health. Gums can become inflamed and easily irritated, which can allow oral bacteria to proliferate and then enter the bloodstream, which can increase the risk of bone loss, fetal death, preterm birth, and several other health issues.
While you may not be able to completely eliminate the risk that hormones pose to your dental health, you can reduce it. Excellent brushing habits can remove plaque and debris from your teeth, and flossing daily can help get the deposits from between your teeth and along the gum line. Visit Dr. Frame at least twice a year for complete checkups and professional cleanings, and let us know if you are pregnant or going through menopause since these can both be high-risk periods for your dental health. Contact us today to find out more about keeping your teeth and gums healthy or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara.
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