Women’s Hormones and Gum Disease
Gum disease is highly prevalent among American adults, and women are especially prone to the condition. Women’s hormones are the reason for this increased gum disease risk. Particularly during times of high hormone production, women can benefit from taking extra care of their gums. Here is more about this link and how women can help control their gum disease risk.
Female Hormones and Oral Health
Fluctuations in the hormones of women can occur at a variety of times in life. On a monthly basis, the menstrual cycle affects production of estrogen and other hormones. Puberty and pregnancy both cause prolonged rises in these hormones. Unfortunately, these hormonal conditions also make the mouth more hospitable to bacterial growth, which can lead to gum disease.
Proactive Approach to Gum Disease Risk
Researchers have found that despite more diligent oral hygiene in women compared to men, women still have a higher risk of gum disease. For this reason, women may benefit from working even harder to keep their teeth clean through daily brushing and flossing. Biannual check-ups are also essential for women. During these exams, our dentist will recognize any signs of gum disease and recommend periodontal treatment if necessary.
The increased risk of gum disease in women requires extra care, particularly during pregnancy, when gum disease in the mother threatens the health of the baby, as well. A combination of strong home dental health habits and qualified clinical care will help manage these risks. At a consultation with our dentist, women can learn more about protecting their gum health.
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