More so than men, women go through several stages in life when their hormones change dramatically. These hormonal changes affect every aspect of your health, but many women do not realize that it affects your oral health as well. Here’s what you need to know about hormonal changes and oral health.
Why It Matters
Hormonal changes in a woman’s body affect everything from how the brain works to circulation. Blood flow to the gums can be interrupted, or hampered, causing gum disease, infections, and other dental issues. It is generally recommended that any time you go through a major hormonal shift that you visit your dentist for an exam, cleaning, preventative care, and to address dental problems.
Your hormones can also make a difference in your dental treatment. Women who are undergoing hormonal changes or are on birth control are much more likely to develop dry socket after a tooth extraction. Some medications can also make birth control less effective, so it is a good idea to discuss your hormonal health with your dentist.
Hormonal Changes That Affect Oral Health
There are several periods of time in a woman’s life when her hormones can affect her oral health. It starts in puberty, when the gums often become red and swollen. Many women also experience painful gums when on their period. Pregnant women often develop oral hygiene issues such as cavities, loose teeth, and gum disease.
Finally, women approaching or entering menopause often experience dry mouth. This means that there is less saliva to rinse bacteria and debris from the teeth, which can lead to additional dental hygiene issues.
If you are a woman going through hormonal changes, don’t put off your oral health in favor of the other health issues you may be facing. Contact us today for an appointment to get a complete examination, dental cleaning, and treatment plan.
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