How being a woman affects your oral health

Friday, July 7, 2016

There has been lots written about the difference between men and women in the past. Who can forget that “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus”? These differences extend from likes and differences, experiences and attitude, but most importantly is the physiological difference between the sexes.

As Dental Health Week is focusing on women this year I thought it might be helpful to explain how being a woman affects your oral health. Women and men both have the same number of teeth, the same type of gums and both suffer from the same oral diseases. What many people don’t know, but can relate to, is that the hormonal differences between men and women means that these diseases have a higher chance of causing problems for women than men.

Hormones really kick in at puberty, for females Oestrogen and Progesterone start to be significantly produced.   The relative amounts of each hormone really affects the way in which a woman’s body responds to toxins and healing.  Of the two, progesterone is the most significant when it comes to oral health and oral diseases.

High Progesterone causes the gums in the mouth to react differently to the presence of bacterial plaque and the toxins produced. It results in an exaggerated response which can appear very quickly, leading to quite severe gum disease in a short period of time.

Progesterone generally increases when oestrogen production decreases. This is most significant during menstruation and pregnancy and menopause. Spikes in progesterone cause severe gum inflammation at these times and being an imaginative lot, us dentists have given them names such as menstrual gingivitis or pregnancy gingivitis.

The good news is that whilst it is difficult to control the fluctuations of hormones and their effects, it is completely within your control to ensure that there is no plaque or bacteria present to allow your gums to react to. Excellent oral hygiene is crucial in preventing oral diseases and this still rings true during pregnancy and other events during a woman’s life.

But many people state that they can’t floss or brush effectively, sometimes this is just technique but in many instances it is due to inadequate (or dare I say?) poorly executed dental treatment, overhangs and undercuts, rough surfaces and irregular shaped fillings/crowns that contribute to an inability to clean.

If you think that this is the case in your mouth then ask your dentist, or come in to see us at Oasis Dental as a life changing diagnosis can help save your teeth, contribute to overall wellbeing and prevent oral disease.

Call us for more information on 02 6162 3888 or pop in to one of our Free Oral Health Information Sessions, we’d love to help you – Register here.

 

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