The month of March is set aside for Women’s History Month. Here at The Center for Specialized Dentistry we would like to share some information about Periodontal Health for Women. At different stages of a women’s life, they may face increased susceptibility to periodontal disease.
During the stage of puberty, there is increasing production of sex hormones. These higher hormone levels increase gum sensitivity and lead to greater irritation from plaque and food particles. Note, that the gums will become swollen, red and feel very tender.
Some things such as swelling, bleeding, and tenderness of gums will occur when you are taking oral contraceptives, which are synthetic hormones. You should always mention any prescriptions you are taking, including oral contraceptives, prior to medical or dental treatments.
Menopause and Post-Menopause
Women who are menopausal or post-menopausal may notice changes in the mouth, including dry mouth, pain and burning sensations in the gum tissue, and altered taste. Additionally, menopausal gingivostomatitis, which is characterized by swollen gums and lesions in the mouth, affects a small percentage of women. Gums that look dry or shiny, bleed easily, and range from abnormally pale to deep red mark this condition.
Research indicates that women with osteoporosis (which commonly affects women over the age of 50) are more likely to have periodontal disease than women with normal bone density. If a dentist is aware of the condition of someone who has brittle bones, he or she can take measures to diagnose and address periodontal disease before it becomes aggressive.
To maintain periodontal health at all stages of life, it is crucial for women of all ages to brush twice a day, floss at least once each day, and visit us here at the practice for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation annually. Give us a call today to set up your evaluation.
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