Important Health Considerations
Everyone knows that a woman’s hormones can cause bloating, irritability, moodiness, and the occasional hot flash or emotional outburst. A recent study by the Academy of General Dentistry states that one’s oral health is also hormone-dependent. As hormonal changes occur throughout a woman’s life she also experiences changes in her oral health. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause can all have an effect on a woman’s oral health. Fluctuations in hormones during puberty can make gums more susceptible to gingivitis, Menstruation can aid in the development of canker sores and cold sores, and dry mouth is a very common symptom during pregnancy or menopause, just to name a few. Together a woman and her dentist can create a treatment or prevention plan that specifically suits that woman’s needs and her stages in life.