Were you aware that hormonal changes can affect nearly every part of a woman’s body, including her gums and teeth? If you or a loved one are suffering from swollen, sore, red, or bleeding gums, the cause could well be changes in your hormones. As a Southampton dentist we keep abreast of all the latest medical and dental research, and studies have proven that hormonal changes particularly affect a woman’s periodontal health.
Increased risk of gum disease
Important stages in a woman’s life such as puberty, the onset of menstruation, becoming pregnant, and entering the menopause can all cause her hormones to fluctuate wildly. Even starting a course of oral contraception can play havoc with hormones. It’s during times such as these that the levels of oestrogen and progesterone can significantly increase the chances of her developing gingivitis. Usually gingivitis can be treated quite easily by a thorough clean carried out by her Southampton dentist or hygienist followed with regular brushing and flossing. If left untreated, however, it can quickly progress to periodontitis which can lead to tooth loss and deterioration of the jaw.
Be extra vigilant when pregnant
Pregnancy in particular can be very tough on a woman’s teeth and gums. Hormonal changes as well as things such as morning sickness, dry mouth, and late night snacking can all take their toll. Gum disease can even have an impact on the developing baby. A really important tip to protect your teeth and gums if you’re suffering from morning sickness, is to rinse regularly with a pinch of baking powder dissolved into a glass of water. This helps wash away harmful acids. If your mouth is dry then keep a bottle of water handy and take regular sips throughout the day. You can also chew sugar free chewing gum to stimulate saliva.
Thorough oral care
If you or a loved one is experiencing hormonal fluctuations then it’s especially important to take extra care with your oral health routine. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once is key to maintaining healthy gums. However, if the soreness or bleeding persists then make an appointment to visit your dentist who can suggest other solutions to avoid bigger problems.
We’re here to help
In the event that you have lost teeth we can discuss methods of tooth replacement. As a cosmetic dentist in Southampton we can carry out restorations with a variety of treatments including bridges, partial dentures, and dental implants. Meanwhile please don’t hesitate to contact Smilemakers if you have any problems with your oral health. Call 02380 442626 to make an appointment with Dr. Thomas Darling or contact us online at www.smilemakers.co.uk.