Listen Up Ladies- It’s National Women’s Health Week  

It’s National Women’s Health Week! And since our oral health is an important part of maintaining our overall health, we thought we’d point out a few reasons why it’s especially important for the fairer sex to take care of those pearly whites. So come on ladies, let’s get our toothbrushes in formation…

Hormonal Changes

Whether you’re not a girl/not yet a woman, got a bun in the oven or are going through “the change,” fluctuating hormones can actually cause lots of issues in the mouth. Changing hormone levels most often manifest as bleeding or swollen gums. If these issues aren’t treated, the gum inflammation can progress into periodontal disease, or irreversible bone loss around the teeth.

Heart Disease

People with gum disease have an increased risk for heart disease and almost double the risk of having a fatal heart attack. Since heart disease is the number one killer in American women, that statistic alone should be enough to have all the women [who independent] brushing every day.

Osteoporosis

There are several studies that suggest that there is a link between osteoporosis and low bone density in the jaw. This is important because the teeth are anchored in the jaw bone and if there is gum disease, osteoporosis may lead to these teeth losing bone faster.

These are just a few of the reasons it’s extra important for women to take great care of their oral health. The best way to do that is by brushing and flossing at home and regular visits to your dentist. And we’ve gotta stay in the best shape we can, because who run the world? GIRLS!

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