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 this happens, vigilance with oral health and home as well as regular dental visits are important.

During pregnancy some women become more susceptible to pregnancy gingivitis, as their body becomes more sensitive to dental plaque. It is vital to receive extra prenatal care to keep this condition under control. Visits to the dentist at shorter intervals will help manage the disease.

Menopause is yet another stage where women may experience red or inflamed gums, and may also develop a condition called dry mouth which lessens the flow of protective saliva.

Oral care is just as important as your physical health and is connected to your over-all health. Therefore, if you do have any questions or concerns about these stages or issues you may be having, make an appointment to see your dentist.