Women's Hormones and Gum Disease
Women’s hormones can create unique health risks that leave women more vulnerable to specific conditions, including gum disease. According to researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, female hormones can affect a woman’s gum disease risk.
Researchers examined several women’s health studies and discovered that the intense hormonal fluctuations of puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause alter oral conditions and trigger bacterial growth or gum inflammation. The study evaluated more than 60 journal articles and nearly 100 studies that identified a clear correlation between female hormones and gum disease.
Once the bacteria are able to access the blood stream through irritated gums, they can trigger inflammation, infection and other complications. Women may struggle to conceive, and women who are pregnant may be more likely to miscarry, have premature delivery or deliver a low-birth weight baby. Fetal death may also occur. Older women may be more likely to suffer severe bone loss.
Our Northridge dentist recommends that women follow a strict dental hygiene regimen to reduce their risks. Brush after meals, floss daily and visit our dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings. Teen girls who wear braces will need to take special care to clean around their braces to remove any plaque buildup. Women who are pregnant, who have osteoporosis or who are otherwise at risk should talk to our dentist about ways they can further protect their dental health through preventative care.
Contact our dental office today to schedule a checkup and to learn more about how you can preserve your dental health.
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