It’s National Women’s Health Week this week and we’re making women’s health (including dental health) a priority. Here are some dental health issues that are related to women.
Gum Disease – Research shows a link between gum disease and a variety of health problems that affect women.
- Heart disease – Women with gum disease may be more at risk for heart disease, which is also the number one killer of American Women.
- Pregnancy Outcomes – Pregnant women with gum disease might be more likely to have a baby born too early or too small. Gum disease may also trigger increased levels of biological fluids that induce labor.
Female hormonal changes can affect oral health
- Menstruation – Some women’s gums swell and bleed prior to their periods, while others might experience sores or canker sore.
- Oral contraceptives – Inflamed gums are a common side effect of birth control pills.
- Pregnancy – Studies show some pregnant women experience gingivitis, when dental plaque accumulates and irritates the gums.
- Menopause – Oral symptoms during this stage of life might include red or inflamed gums, oral pain and discomfort, altered taste sensations and dry mouth.
Eating disorders – More prevalent among women, eating disorders can lead to increased dental caries and erosion of tooth enamel.
Women should be aware of their special oral health requirements, during different stages of their lives. Brushing and flossing daily and seeing their dentist regularly is, of course, the best way to maintain dental health throughout their lifetime!