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Neither men nor women are immune to dental health issues throughout a lifetime. But just like many physical health issues – the difference between the sexes is further revealed when it comes to dealing with dental health concerns that tend to impact one gender at certain times of life.
Females often feel ruled by their hormones – from dealing with increased gum inflammation during menstruation to having significant gum issues to handle during pregnancy – a woman’s oral health is impacted throughout the various stages of life including menopausal challenges of changing taste buds and increased risk of osteoporosis which may influence bone mass in the jaw. Acknowledging the effect hormones have on the female mouth is a vital step in keeping women’s mouths and bodies healthy.
General Dentists at Centennial Smiles in Calgary admit that they’ve never heard a woman say she’s hoping to lose teeth as she ages – nobody wants to lose their smile as they head in to their golden years. But tooth loss is a genuine concern for women who have already experienced bone loss due to periodontal disease. Periodontal Disease is an inflammatory condition that destroys supporting tissues around teeth, including bone, ligaments and gum. When levels of oral bacteria are not controlled there is an inflammatory response which causes red, puffy gums and inflammation of supporting bone. Over time bone levels drop causing teeth to become loose and at risk for premature loss. Add to the mix a woman’s risk of osteoporosis and fluctuating hormone levels during menopause – the risk of tooth loss can become all too real, making a woman wonder what she can do to protect her smile.
The benefit of regular dental cleanings are numerous – especially during times of heightened plaque development and oral bacteria that can occur during pregnancy, oral contraceptive use and menopause. Maintaining visits to the hygienist not only helps keep gums and teeth healthy but can prevent gingivitis associated with hormonal changes from developing in to periodontal disease. Regular cleanings also control the level of oral bacteria which can contribute to the increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.