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Contraceptives and the Risk of Gum Disease

Contraceptives and the Risk of Gum DiseaseEach year, medical researchers are finding more links between gum disease and other factors, such as chronic conditions and medications. Several recent studies indicate that there is a link between oral contraceptives and gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.

When it comes to oral contraceptives and an increased risk for developing gum disease, the culprit is the hormones contained in the contraceptives. These hormones may encourage the growth of the bacteria that cause gum disease, making periodontal disease more likely to develop.

You do not have to stop taking your oral contraceptives in order to prevent gum disease, however. With a little extra care, most cases of gum disease are preventable. Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day has a significant effect with not only reducing the amount of bacteria and plaque in your mouth, but also with eliminating the sugars in your mouth that act as fuel for the bacteria. Flossing at least once per day removes the plaque, bacteria, and sugars from between your teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach.

Finally, visiting our Northridge dentist for regular checkups and cleanings can help to reduce your chances of developing periodontal disease as our dentist can clean away bacteria and tartar that you may have missed before they can cause problems. If you are already experiencing problems with your gum health, our Northridge periodontal treatments specialist can help by treating your gum disease or even by taking steps to remedy the damage caused by gum disease, such as by replacing lost bone with a bone graft or by performing pocket reduction surgery.

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