Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Women and Oral health

A woman's hormones can fluctuate throughout their life and in turn can have an impact on the oral cavity. Studies have shown that at least 23 per cent of women between 30- 54 years of age and 44 per cent of women 55-90 years of age who have their teeth, have periodontal disease- an advanced stage of gum and bone disease.

Women's hormones fluctuate during: Puberty, Menstruation, Taking oral contraceptive, pregnancy and lactation and menopause. The actual fluctuation of hormones does not cause the periodontal disease, but will cause and exaggerated response to oral irritants like plaque and calculus (tartar). Managing a regular oral care routine and dental hygiene visits will help keep this response under control.

Maintenance and home care to consider:
  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Regular hygiene visits recommended by your health care provider
  • A well balanced diet
  • Mouth wash
  • And for patients with dry mouth, saliva substitutes and other alleviating products.

  • Role of your dental hygienist:
  • Provides regular oral screenings for issues
  • Reviews medication risks and health history
  • Helps develop a custom home care program
  • Referrals as needed
  • And of course, helps keep oral conditions favorable through regular dental cleaning

Sara Haire

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