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Female Hormones and Oral Health

Maintaining a healthy mouth requires a consistent routine and a little bit of work, especially if you’re a woman. Inevitable hormone fluctuations in females put them at greater risk of developing dental issues and diseases particularly during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. While a surplus or deficit of hormones makes natural changes in the body, they can also detrimentally affect oral health.

When is a Woman’s Oral Health at Risk?

Changes in hormone production can affect oral health during periods of:

Menstruation

The hormones released during menstruation can cause several dental complications in some women. Issues include:

Pregnancy

Hormone levels are constantly fluctuating during pregnancy causing some minor dental issues to become more significant. These issues include:

It is important to visit your dentist during pregnancy for preventative treatment and cleanings to avoid detrimental damage from these issues.

Oral Contraceptives:

Using birth control pills can have the same effects on oral health as pregnancy. The unnatural release of hormones can also cause gingivitis. If you are using oral contraceptives be sure to take extra care of your teeth and visit your dentist for routine cleanings to ensure your oral hygiene is maintained.

Menopause:

Menopausal women suffer from a variety of hormone-induced symptoms, but oftentimes forget about the effects menopause can have on their oral health. Common symptoms include:

For more information about female dental care or to receive treatment for any oral conditions book your appointment with Dr's Rifkin & Raanan today.

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