How Periodontal Disease Affects Women
The hormonal changes women experience throughout their lives may leave them more prone to developing periodontal disease. Our Los Angeles dental implant specialist recommends that women become aware of their unique risk factors and take a proactive approach to periodontal disease in order to avoid the many risks associated with the condition.
The hormonal changes of puberty and during menstrual periods can increase the risk of gingivitis. Increase circulation can heighten gum sensitivity and lead to increased reactions to irritants, such as plaque buildup or small particles. Gums may swell, turn red and even become tender. In most cases, gums return to normal once a woman’s period ends.
Pregnancy can also increase the risk of developing gingivitis. The cause of pregnancy-related gingivitis is similar to that associated with menstruation, but the consequences can be quite severe. Women who have pregnancy-related gingivitis face an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm birth or other adverse outcomes. Increased attention to dental hygiene and regular dental checkups can help women limit their risks.
Although a woman’s reproductive years end with menopause, the risks to her gums do not. Hormonal changes can lead to increased gum irritation, dry mouth, burning mouth and altered taste sensations. Improved dental hygiene can help reduce the risk of gum disease, but it may not be enough to manage these symptoms. Women who are going through menopause should discuss their treatment options with our dentist to ensure continued good dental health.
Contact us today to learn about your periodontal disease risk factors and schedule your evaluation.
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