Women and dental health

Did you know that women have dental care requirements at different stages throughout their lives? Women’s oral health needs are slightly different to men’s needs during different phases of their lives. Female hormone levels can exaggerate their body’s reaction to plaque bacteria: puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. It is important for women to be especially vigilant in their dental care regime during these periods, brush and floss thoroughly at least 2x a day in order to avoid gum disease. Some women’s gums become slightly swollen and more prone to bleeding just before their periods, while others are prone to develop cold sores or canker sores. Luckily these symptoms usually disappear once their period begins. Oral contraceptives may inflame gums. If …