WOMEN'S ORAL HEALTH
Women's oral health can be influenced by a number of factors throughout their lives including puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Hormonal changes can have a great influence on the oral cavity, generally resulting in an increased inflammatory response in the gums. This may result in gingivitis involving red, puffy or bleeding gums, or less commonly, periodontitis, a more advanced form of gum disease. The use of oral contraceptives have also been found to affect the gingival (gum) tissue.
Females are also at greater risk of developing Osteoporosis which results in bone loss and has been found to be associated with an increased risk of periodontal disease.
Prevention - what you can do:
While various factors exist that can affect a women's oral health, following a good preventive routine can help to reduce any negative health outcomes.
- Brush twice daily, especially before bed.
- Floss daily.
- Eat a nutritious diet. Ensure you're getting enough calcium and vitamin D - talk to your physician for specific recommendations.
- Visit your dentist regularly and let them know about any changes to your health and/or medications you may be taking.