Periodontitis Brought On by Birth Control Pills
Periodontitis is a serious infection that can undermine your dental health and increase your risk of tooth and bone loss. Recent research indicates that your risk of periodontitis may be higher if you use oral contraceptives. Birth control pills contain lower levels of hormones than previous versions of the drugs, but the hormones can still have a major influence on the health of your gums.
Female hormones have previously been linked to gum irritation and bleeding. Women who are going through menopause or who are pregnant tend to be more likely to struggle with gum problems even when taking good care of their teeth. According to the study, which was performed at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, found that women taking oral contraceptives were also more likely to have moderate to severe periodontitis. The incidence of periodontal disease was even higher in women who took birth control pills and smoked.
Birth control pills are one of the most popular forms of birth control, but they are not without risk. If you use oral contraceptives, you can take steps to protect your teeth and gums. Brush and floss after meals or at least twice a day to remove plaque and oral bacteria. Eat a balanced diet, and visit us about twice a year for a complete checkup. If you do notice symptoms of gum disease, which can include red or inflamed gums or gums that bleed easily, contact us for a periodontal evaluation. Give us a call today to learn more about available periodontal disease treatment options or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame.
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