December 23, 2017
Many women would agree that the experience of being a woman differs at different points of their lives. Women’s bodies are almost constantly evolving or experiencing something new and different because of hormones.
Sometimes those same hormones that can bring a life into the world can negatively affect other parts of their body—including their very own smile. If you thought that being a woman was complicated before, you’ll have a whole newfound respect for the women in your life after reading about how hormones can even change their teeth in this week’s blog post.
How Do Hormones Help the Body?
Hormones are chemicals in our bodies that are responsible for sending messages from the brain to other parts of our body, directing them on what to do. Hormones play a role in everything we do and are controlled by our endocrine system, a bodily system that’s created of glands and these types of hormones to call the shots in our bodies:
- Ovaries – Women
- Testes – Men
When the endocrine system is out of balance, bodily issues can begin to develop. For women specifically, sometimes this can mean a decline in the health of their smile.
How Do Female Hormones Affect Oral Health?
The female sex hormone, estrogen, is responsible for a lot in a woman’s life, including:
- signals her body to mature into adulthood with puberty.
- causes the beginning of her productive years.
- enables her to bear children.
When estrogen and progesterone levels are high in a woman’s body more blood is flowing throughout her body. This can cause a woman’s mouth to be more sensitive in the gum tissues to irritants. During puberty, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause, women can experience these surges of hormones and see inflammation of the gums.
During a menstrual cycle a woman’s gums can become puffy, sore, and bleed easily, although there are many women who hardly notice a change. During this period of time—whether it’s a week for the menstrual cycle or 9 months for pregnancy—it’s extremely important to pay attention to your dental care routine at home.
It’s also important to rely on the help of a dental expert for preventive dental care (and special services if needed).
How Can a Dentist Help a Woman Overcome a Hormonal Imbalance?
Every woman is different, which means that every mouth is different. When you choose to visit a dentist in Fort Collins, you can be confident that you’ll receive a personalized dental treatment plan to address your health concerns.
No matter what, each plan will need to include dental checkups and teeth cleanings at least every 6 months. In the case that you’re a high-risk dental patient—let’s say that you’re pregnant—you’ll receive more frequent appointments if you have an oral health condition that is developing.
During your dental checkups, your family dentist in Fort Collins becomes a partner helping to keep your smile whole and healthy. Your teeth will be deep cleaned between each tooth and below the gum line as well as examined for any abnormalities.
Has it been longer than 6 months since you visited your dentist? As a woman, it’s important to keep up with your health care—even your dental health.
About Our Office
Here at Aspen Dental Care, we want all our patients to know that we treat each and every one of them equally by providing personalized dental care. Although our dental treatment plans may vary from patient to patient to address their personal concerns, you can be confident that both men and women receive the adequate care their smile truly needs. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!
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