Good dental health is essential to good overall health. Each gender faces unique challenges when it comes to maintaining their oral health. For women, hormones tend to fluctuate during different stages of life. These shifts can make women more susceptible to periodontal disease (gum disease). Many studies have linked gum disease to an increase in heart disease risk, and other issues such as preterm labor, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Aziza Askari, your Farmington Hills dentist, takes pride in offering her expert knowledge to her female patients. Read on for more information on the special dental health needs of women.
Hormones and Gum Disease
Beginning in puberty, a woman’s hormones begin to surge. This coincides with an increase in gingivitis (early gum disease) when a young girl reaches puberty. Changes in gum tissues, response of oral bacteria to hormones, and the reaction of the gums to the irritation of plaque, can result in these changes. This will be a common theme throughout a woman’s life as menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause all cause changes in those hormones.
Dealing with Hormone Related Dental Problems
Hormonal shifts are sometimes so subtle, you don’t even realize that they’re happening. It’s also easy to chalk up these side effects to other issues. With your dental health, sometimes the problems occur before you can figure out that hormones are the cause. Here are some of the things you can do to avoid future problems:
- Be diligent with your oral hygiene practices
- Visit your dentist every six months for a dental examination and cleaning.
- Avoid too many complex carbohydrates and excess sugar in your diet
- Rinse twice daily with a germ-killing mouthwash
- Take action if your mouth is dry. Ask your dentist about possible treatments.
Contact Your Farmington Hills Female Dentist for a Checkup
If you are a woman looking for a dentist that understands your needs, schedule an appointment with your female dentist in Farmington Hills. Contact our Farmington Hills dentist office at (248)566-6490. We are happy to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, the 48335 zip code, and surrounding communities.