Women are physiologically different than men at all stages of their lives. Younger women, especially during puberty, have surges of hormones and overall high hormonal levels. This can result in increased gum sensitivity. When this is combined with a build-up of plaque on the teeth and trapped food particles, gum swelling and damage to the tissue can occur.
Gum Disease and Pregnancy
During pregnancy the mother’s dental health is paramount to ensuring the best possible environment for the developing baby. Approximately 18% of all low birth-weight babies or pre-term births as linked to periodontal disease of the mother. Dr. Hutto recommends a full dental checkup and cleaning in the first trimester and a follow up visit the next two trimesters, particularly if you have problems with your teeth. If you are planning to conceive, consider having a full oral exam before pregnancy to ensure your mouth is in optimum condition.
Menstruation and the hormonal changes at this time of the month can result in bad breath and increased sensitivity. Routine flossing and brushing as well as the use of a chlorine-stabilized, alcohol-free mouth wash is highly recommended to treat this problem.
Aging and Oral Care For Women
As women age they are more likely to develop periodontal disease. After the age of 35 periodontal disease has been shown to be a precursor to osteoporosis, a condition that causes bone loss. Osteoporosis can also be linked to early tooth loss with approximately 50% of post-menopausal women losing at least one tooth at eleven or more years after menopause.
Book a Dental Checkup Today
Dr. Dean Hutto and the dental hygienists at Aesthetic Family Dentistry in Baytown, TX can answer all your questions and help you to establish and dental health routine that includes brushing, flossing and regular cleanings and checkups. This regimen will provide optimum dental care for women of all ages and can be customized for your individual dental care needs.
Give us a call today at (281) 422-8248 to schedule an appointment to help protect your teeth through all the stages of your life.