Your hormones are connected to all sorts of aspects of your physical health – your weight, mood, sex drive – even your dental health.
Did you know that a surge of hormones can make you more vulnerable to gum disease? This is because two female hormones called estrogen and progesterone naturally cause more blood to flow to your gums. The increased blood flow can cause your gums to be easily irritated when in contact with plaque and bacteria. Ongoing inflammation can lead to bone loss and tooth loss.
One indication of gum inflammation due to a hormone surge is whether you are having or about to have your period. If that’s the case, make sure to stay on top of your oral hygiene routine, and be extra gentle along the gumline.
Another event that will influence your hormones and oral health is pregnancy. In fact, some women develop pregnancy gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease. If you think this has happened to you, be sure to visit Marze Dental in Sherman, Texas to talk to Dr. Brawley Marze as soon as possible.
Menopause may be another time of change for your mouth. Dry mouth and bone loss are the two most common conditions. Dry mouth occurs when your salivary glands don’t produce enough. Since saliva washes your mouth clean 24/7, a lack thereof means you are more exposed to cavities. Make sure to drink lots of water. Consider sleeping with a humidifier. Decreased estrogen can cause bone loss in the jaw. Make sure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet.
If you have any concerns that your hormones may be affecting your dental health, don’t hesitate to contact us at 903-892-4531. We’re here to help.