This month as we honor our mothers, Dr. Doyle wants to take the opportunity to raise awareness about the oral health concerns that can face women throughout their life. Women may be more susceptible to oral health problems from dental (bacterial) plaque build-up due to the unique hormonal influences and cycles. They begin during puberty, with the use of hormonal contraceptives, during pregnancy, throughout menopause and beyond.
Hormones affect the blood vessels throughout the body and even the gum tissues, making them more susceptible to periodontal (gum) disease. Hormones also affect many areas of metabolism including bone (as in bone thinning known as osteoporosis). And it is during these hormonal fluctuations that women are more prone to developing periodontal disease and other oral health problems.
It’s always a good idea to see your dentist every six months for a check up.