How women’s hormones can impact oral health

Smiling blond woman wearing a striped shirtWe all have hormones that are part of being an adult. Hormones such as progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone should be at the right levels for the best in overall health and wellness. However, there are times when hormones are at a different balance that can impact the way we feel. Hormonal imbalances can also cause dental concerns to arise. Dr. Lindsey Marshall and her team in Ardmore, PA understand how hormonal changes, especially in women, can affect the health of the smile. 

How do a woman’s hormones affect oral health? 

There are many times during a woman’s life when her hormones may be at a different balance. This includes times such as pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause. These imbalances not only cause patients to experience certain symptoms such as irritability or hot flashes, but they can also cause problems such as inflammation of the gums. Pregnant women or women on their period may notice an increase of redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums, often referred to as pregnancy gingivitis. With proper care, many women can keep this condition under control and avoid further progression. 

Additionally, women who have entered into perimenopause or menopause may notice other changes occurring, including a decrease in saliva in their mouth. While dry mouth is mostly just uncomfortable for women, it does have implications when related to one’s oral health. Dry mouth causes less saliva to enter into the mouth, drying out the teeth and gums and contributing to one’s risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay. Combating this by regularly drinking water or taking medications for dry mouth can bring the smile back to health. 

Women who have a decrease in estrogen levels may also be at risk of weaker bone in the jaw, which can cause the loss of teeth or dental restorations over time. Patients with low estrogen should be mindful of these changes and ask their dentist if they would benefit from supplements such as vitamin D and calcium to prevent problems with bone strength and density. 

Do you have questions about your hormone levels and oral health? 

Dr. Lindsey Marshall works routinely with Ardmore, PA area women who are dealing with changes in their smile due to changes in their hormone levels. Speaking to a professional is the first step towards finding relief. Patients are welcome to call the office at (610) 649-0696 to request an appointment with our team at Suburban Square, 32 Parking Plaza, Suite #800.     

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