Dental Health Week | 1 – 7 August 2016 |Women & Oral Health Focus
Dental Health Week 2016 – WOMEN AND ORAL HEALTH
This year Dental Health Week is focusing on the significant way that hormones can impact a woman’s oral health, an especially important topic in light of a recent survey that revealed many women are unaware of the significant impact that various life stages have on the health of their teeth and gums.
For instance, 54% of women believe that pregnancy has no effect on their dental health while one in five don’t think you need to take any extra oral health care during this time. The truth is that major life events like pregnancy, puberty and menopause, as well as menstruation, dramatically affect the state of a woman’s dental health.
Throughout the course of Dental Health Week, women are encouraged to take a more proactive and preventive approach to their dental health as they’re educated on the ways their teeth, gums and mouth are affected during each of the pivotal phases of their life. We recommend regular dental check ups through every major stage of your life.
Puberty Increased production of oestrogen and progesterone change the way gums react to plaque leading to more sensitivity, swelling and bleeding.
Menstruation Some women experience bleeding, sores and ulcers in the lead-up to their period while others may develop temporary gingivitis.
Pregnancy The gums of some women may bleed more easily due to “pregnancy gingivitis” while vomiting from morning sickness can strip away more enamel from your teeth. This is why dentists should be on the list on health professionals that women consult during pregnancy.
Menopause Oral health effects including inflamed gums, burning sensations, altered taste sensations and dry mouth. Osteoporosis medications can affect healing after tooth extractions.
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