Oral Health for Women
Special Dental Health Concerns for Women
There are issues that specifically impact the dental health of women. For instance, bleeding gums is a common side effect of taking oral contraceptives. And the hormonal flux caused by puberty and menses can contribute to the bleeding and swelling of the gums or the eruption of canker sores.
According to The American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease in pregnant women may increase the release of labor-inducing biological fluids. This means increased likelihood of babies being born too early or too small. It’s very important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine during pregnancy! However, you probably don’t need prenatal fluoride supplements, especially since there’s no evidence that suggest they’re beneficial.
Menopause can affect a woman’s dental health in several ways. It can incur gingivitis, as well as cause oral pain or burning sensations, dry mouth, and altered taste. If you’re taking hormones for menopause and you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist to discuss treatment plans.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation states that women are four times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis, which is a bone-weakening disease. Several studies have suggested a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw, and with osteoporosis there may be increased risk of tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and severe periodontal disease.
Women should pay close attention to their oral health, and report any problems immediately to their dentist. The sooner the dental issue is diagnosed, the sooner you can begin treatment, find relief, and get back to optimum oral health!