Hormones can influence things like weight changes, sex drive, moods, and hair growth, to name a few. If you’re a woman, then none of this comes as a surprise.
One thing you might not have known is that hormones can also play a big role in your oral health.
Puberty and Oral Health in Girls
Hormones from puberty can cause gums to swell and overreact to the presence of plaque. Teenagers are highly prone to gingivitis. Even well into adulthood some women may discover that their gums become more tender and sensitive around the time of their period.
Pregnancy and Oral Health
Pregnancy brings along a whole new set of hormones. Pregnant women are susceptible to pregnancy gingivitis as a result. Some women experience an increased risk in cavities during this time because of frequent vomiting, diet changes, or dry mouth, all of which can be linked to hormonal changes.
How Menopause Affects Oral Health
Menopause brings along changes such as a burning sensation in the mouth, dry mouth, and altered taste. Bone loss in the jaw is another serious concern. Women going through menopause may be at increased risk for decay and gum disease.
Combatting the Effects of Hormones on the Mouth
No matter which stage of life you’re currently in, proper dental hygiene will keep your mouth healthy. Hormones can cause unusual reactions in your gums and may even dry out your mouth. But the key is to do all you can to prevent and slow down the formation of plaque bacteria.
Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss daily. Visit your dentist regularly for checkups, dental cleanings, and other preventative treatments.
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Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
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