Oral Health Changes for Women

It’s National Women’s Health Week! Studies show that women pay more attention to their oral health than men. Females are more likely to brush and floss daily, but some dental problems are caused by life’s natural changes. Dr. Hussong would like to discuss the oral health changes associated with womanhood.

Menstruation

During puberty, the progesterone and estrogen hormones increase the blood circulation to your gums, causing sensitivity, irritation, redness, tenderness, and bleeding. Additionally, some young women experience menstruation gingivitis—a condition that causes gum inflammation right before a menstrual cycle. Furthermore, oral contraceptives can contribute to gingivitis if taken long-term, and may increase the risk of dry socket after an extraction. Some antibiotics used to treat periodontal disease and other health problems may also decrease the effectiveness of birth control. Make sure you tell Dr. Hussong what medications you’re taking to determine effective treatment options.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy gingivitis causes swollen gums beginning in the second month of pregnancy. If you develop gum inflammation during pregnancy, it’s important to visit Dr. Hussong for a deep cleaning. Studies show that women with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to have a premature birth. The bacteria from your mouth can travel through your bloodstream and affect your unborn child. Additionally, frequent vomiting from morning sickness may cause enamel erosion, so be sure to rinse your mouth after your sickness.

Menopause

Studies show that post-menopausal women are more likely to develop dry mouth, burning oral sensations, and an altered taste. Additionally, Menopausal Gingivostomatitis can cause gum inflammation or bleeding. Furthermore, post-menopausal women are at an increased risk of developing gum disease and osteoporosis, both of which deteriorate your jaw bones and lead to tooth loss.

Research reveals that women are also more likely than men to develop migraines and TMJ disorder. Dr. Hussong can keep your mouth healthy through all your hormonal fluctuations. Contact Cornerstone Dental in Polk City, Iowa, at (515) 984-6001 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.