Women’s Oral Health is important, and while women are better than men are when it comes to looking after teeth and gums, there are some additional reasons that women need to be more careful when it comes to Women’s Oral Health.
Puberty and Gum Disease
During puberty, sex hormone levels can cause an increase of blood flow to your gums. This could cause gum sensitivity increase that will lead to a much larger reaction to irritations including acid, plaque, tartar, and food particles. During puberty gums may turn red, become swollen or feel tender. During puberty, it is imperative that you follow good oral hygiene habits and schedule regular checkups with the Glen Dental Center in Glenview.
Menstruation and Gum Disease
Known as menstruation gingivitis, WebMd explains that women who suffer will experience bright red gums that often swell and bleed. Sores on the cheeks and inside the mouth are another sign of menstruation gingivitis. Menstruation gingivitis occurs right before a period starts and usually clears up once menstruation begins.
Pregnancy and Gum Disease
During pregnancy, around the second or third month increasing during the eighth month, the risk of gingivitis may increase. At this time, women may notice bleeding, redness, swelling, or tenderness in the gums.
Studies have also shown a distinct relationship between low weight babies and babies that are born prematurely. Dr. Gilmor from the Glen Dental Center explains that women who have the more serious periodontal disease are seven times more likely to give birth too early or to a baby that is too small.
Menopause Gum Disease and Post Menopause
Menopausal or postmenopausal women can experience mouth changes that include dry mouth, discomfort, a burning sensation, pain, or an altered taste. Symptoms of menopausal gingivostomatitis include gums that bleed easily and gums that appear shiny, dry, deep red, or unusually pale.
Bone loss is often associated with advanced periodontal disease and osteoporosis. If you are in post menopause you may want to consider HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy as it can help fight osteoporosis while protecting your teeth at the same time.
If you are experiencing any of the above signs or symptoms, call or click and schedule an appointment with Glen Dental in Glenview today