|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
October 1, 2015
Women experience hormonal changes throughout their life. These changes can cause changes in their oral health. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause all can have an effect on a woman’s oral health. The use of oral contraceptives (birth control pills) can also affect a woman’s oral health as well.
Dental Changes for Women
Different stages in a woman’s life can cause different changes to their oral health. During puberty, the hormone fluctuations can make the gums more susceptible to gingivitis. This leads to the gums appearing red and swollen. During menstruation, many women who have a tendency to develop canker sores and cold sores may develop a pattern in which the sores will recur during every cycle.
During pregnancy, gingivitis is very common. Gingivitis is the most common oral condition associated with being pregnant. Some pregnant women try to avoid the dentist because they fear treatments might harm their unborn child. In reality, an untreated gum infection and decayed teeth can put a mother and baby at more of a risk. Dental infections may be responsible for as much as 5 percent of low-birth-weight pre-term babies. It is very important for pregnant women to maintain their regular checkups. Just make sure to tell your dentist about your pregnancy and they will take the appropriate measurements to keep you both safe.
Some women may also experience dry mouth while pregnant. Taking frequent sips of water and chewing sugarless gum or candy can help alleviate this symptom. Women who experience morning sickness need to brush their teeth more frequently than twice a day. This will help to prevent stomach acids from contacting the teeth and causing permanent damage to tooth enamel.
The use of oral contraceptives can cause changes in the gum tissue in some women. Women who use birth control pills may also be more prone to healing problems or dry socket after tooth extraction. During menopause, women can experience pain, a burning sensation in the oral tissue, changes in taste and dry mouth. Once menopause is over, there is an increased risk of developing osteoporosis, which can increase the chance of tooth loss.
Maintaining Good Oral Health
Make sure to brush your teeth twice daily, using toothpaste that contains fluoride and floss at least once a day. Have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined by your dentist every six months. Eat a balanced diet and always tell your dentist about any medications, vitamins and supplements you are taking. Also advise them of any changes you might notice with your oral health and ask them any questions you might have. Together, you and your dentist can create a treatment and prevention plan that specifically meets your needs.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at[email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.