Hormonal Changes Can Lead To Gum Disease

Monday, June 4th, 2012, 7:45 pm

Women deal with hormonal changes on a constant basis and it turns out that these hormonal changes can affect gum health and several overall health issues as well. Women are usually better at taking care of their oral health than men but the findings of a new study should lead women to be even more careful about brushing and flossing.

Dr. Charlene Krejci of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine reviewed 61 journal articles containing almost 100 studies to see if there was an answer to the question of hormones and their relationsip to gum disease. She also looked at specific women’s health issues including pre-term labor, osteoporosis and effects of hormone replacement therapy. Hormonal fluctuations throughout the life of a women change conditions in the mouth, making it more hospitable to bacteria which grown and then enter the bloodstream. These bacteria can worsen certain health issues, especially in regard to healthy pregnancy.

Dr. Krejci concluded that “There’s definitely a gender-specific connection between women’s hormones, gum disease, and specific health issues impacting women.” She advises women to maintain good oral care at home and visit the dentist at least every six months. She suggests more frequent visits if there are conditions such as gum disease, bone loss or pregnancy.

Ladies, if it has been more than six months since your last dental cleaning please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit. A healthy smile means a healthier you!

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