Our bodies can be affected by hormonal changes—including their gums and mouths. Signs of hormonal changes may come in the form of sore, swollen, extra pink or bleeding gums. Studies show that changing hormones particularly affect women’s periodontal health.
Increased Gum Disease Risk
Throughout a woman’s life there are periods of time when hormones fluctuate a great deal including puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. Beginning an oral contraceptive regime can also affect hormone levels. During these times, changes in estrogen and progesterone can dramatically increase the chances of developing gingivitis.
Pregnant? Be Especially Aware
Pregnancy can be hard on a woman’s teeth and gums. The lifestyle adjustments of pregnancy can affect the mouths of pregnant women, including morning sickness, late night snacking, and dry mouth. Developing babies can be affected by gum disease. Lisa Wardle wrote an excellent article that highlights this topic.
(Morning Sickness Important Tip)
Suffering from morning sickness? Protect your teeth and gums by rinsing often with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda dissolved into one cup of water. This helps rid your mouth of harmful acids. Try sugarless candy or gum and drink more water to increase saliva production, if you are experiencing dry mouth.
Hormonal Changes Require Thorough Oral Hygiene
It’s important to be extra thorough with one’s oral hygiene routine during times of hormonal changes. Brushing and flossing everyday—without exception—is one of the most important keys to gum health. If sore or bleeding gums continue, be sure to contact us right away so we can discuss other possible solutions and avoid bigger problems.
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