Your hormones are linked to several components of your health –your weight, for instance, or your emotions. Your hormones even affect your dental health.
Did you know that a hormone surge can mean you are more prone to gum disease? That’s because two of your female hormones called estrogren and progesterone bring more blood flow into your gums. This, in turn, can create gum sensitivity and inflammation, which can in time lead to gum disease.
One thing that influences estrogen and progesterone flow is your period. If you notice gum sensitivity before or during that time of the month, you’ll want to be extra alert about completing a proper oral hygiene routine and eating healthily. Remember also to be gentle when in contact with your gums.
Pregnancy can lead to a flood of hormones. Some women can even develop what is called pregnancy gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. If you think this may have happened to you, make an appointment with BR Dental Care in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to talk to Dr. Carlos M. Suadi.
The modifications made to your hormones during menopause will also impact your mouth. Dry mouth may occur, wherein your salivary glands produce less saliva than your mouth needs, exposing it to tooth decay. You’ll want to drink lots of water and consider sleeping with a humidifier. Decreased estrogen can also mean jawbone loss. Make sure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet to strengthen your jaw.
If you have any questions about how your hormones may be affecting your dental health, don’t hesitate to contact us at 225-753-5885. We’re here to help.