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Dental Health Concerns for Women

By pamelali, in News, on July 21, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dental clinic dentist, points out that women have specific health concerns which can impact their oral health.  Because of hormonal shifts throughout their lives, women must be particularly aware of their dental hygiene.

Puberty: “During puberty, the surge in hormones can alter the way that gums react to plaque.  Gum tissue can become red, swollen and more prone to bleeding. “All of this is normal,” explains Li, an Ottawa tooth whitening provider. “But girls should be extra meticulous with their oral hygiene to try and prevent the inflammation.”Menstruation: Some women may experience a change in their gums a day or two before their period begins, but the changes go away shortly after menstruation starts.

“The changes in hormones can lead to red, swollen and bleeding gums, swelling in the salivary glands, or canker sores,” says Li, an Ottawa family dentistry expert.

Pregnancy: Pregnancy leaves you more vulnerable to gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, particularly during your second through eighth month. Be sure to tell your dentist if you’re pregnant,” recommends Li, an Ottawa dental crown dentist.

“If your dentist feels you are at risk for periodontal disease, he or she may advise more frequent professional cleanings in the office.  Periodontal disease is a risk factor for low birth weight babies.”

If you need fillings or any other dental treatment, the second trimester is the best time to do any dental work.

Menopause: The hormonal changes precipitated by menopause can sometimes lead to burning mouth syndrome (BMS). BMS is characterized by a tingling or numbness in the mouth, a bitter or metallic taste, or a mouth that is dry and sore. Li, an Ottawa downtown dentist, notes that  BMS often starts in the late morning, peaks in the evening and stops at night. Some women experience it constantly, whereas others get it intermittently.

If you experience BMS, your dentist will first rule out other causes such as untreated diabetes, problems with dentures, nutritional deficiencies, depression, or side effects of medications.  Treatment includes prescribing medicines to treat dry mouth or control pain from nerve damage. “Patients should try to keep their mouths moist with frequent sips of water, sucking on ice chips, using saliva substitutes or chewing sugarless gum,” recommends Li, an Ottawa TMD dentist. “They should avoid alcohol, tobacco, spicy foods or acidic foods.”

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