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4 Ways Hormones Affect a Woman’s Teeth

Posted in Gum Disease

It’s true that women can blame some things on hormones. Even dental patients with exceptional oral hygiene can have some effects on their gums and teeth due to hormonal levels, medications or conditions. Let’s talk about some of the major hormonal changes that many women experience, and how those may induce oral symptoms of conditions such as gingivitis.

Pregnancy

High levels of estrogen during pregnancy can cause some women to develop a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. Swollen, bleeding gums onset during pregnancy does not respond to typical oral hygiene measures. See your dentist to make sure it’s not actually periodontal disease, as this severe condition is linked with premature labor.

Ovulation

Hormones and steroids fluctuate during a woman’s natural reproductive cycle. At the point of ovulation, sex steroids are their highest. This phase may trigger short-term symptoms of gingivitis such as swollen, or bleeding gums. In some women these symptoms are evident at the time of menstruation, but most research shows it’s more common in women during ovulation.

Infertility Treatments

Women that are undergoing treatments such as ovulation induction or IVF are shown to have a higher risk of poor gum health conditions. Medications used for OI are highly linked with the onset of severe gingivitis symptoms, so oral hygiene habits need to be tediously looked after.

Menopause

Surprisingly, menopause doesn’t typically bring on many oral symptoms. However, some women do experience bone loss, which might trigger resorption in the jawbone. Taking hormone replacement therapies can prevent bone loss, stabilizing the health of teeth so that they can be kept healthier, for years down the road.

Posted on behalf of Juban Dental Care

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