Do you know, your weight, mood, dental health are all well connected with your hormones? Hormonal changes can make different aspects of your health go haywore. These changes can lead to a lot of ups and downs in the body and these can vary from person to person. 

Every woman needs to know that female hormones can lead to different dental changes like gum diseases, teeth sensitivity, bleeding among others. 

We spoke to Dr. Gunita Singh, BDS MD Dental Lasers, Director Dentem and Associate Consultant Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and she shared some common dental changes due to hormones and the right guide to take care of them.

The expert shared, "Your hormones are not in your control but your gums are so, some small things that every woman should know in order to take care of her gums."

Puberty

Girls in their teens often suffer from red, swollen and bleeding gums. The expert said, "Some teenage girls may also find themselves developing canker sores, which usually heal on their own. The best treatment? Prevention. Brush twice a day. Keep your oral cavity clean follow a proper dental regime. Full mouth cleaning once a year can really help, visit your dentist every 6 months."

Periods

periods dental health

While a woman is on her periods, there are a lot of changes that happen in her mouth but most of them don't realise it. If you have swollen gums, bleeding gums, canker sores, or swollen salivary glands, hormones may be to blame. These symptoms usually subside when the periods stop but if they don't then they can hint at a dental issue. In such a case, women should speak to their dentist, share with them how the monthly cycle affects their dental health in general. 

Pregnancy

pregnancy dental health

The expert further shared that during pregnancy, women suffer from hormonal hyperdrive. A lot of women develop pregnancy gingivitis — a mild form of gum disease that causes gums to be red, tender, and sore. This is quite common but should be taken care of or the women can lose their teeth. It is important for pregnant women to visit their dentist during pregnancy. It is absolutely safe and they should follow a good dental routine too. Gum massages during pregnancy using any natural oil can also do wonders.

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Menopause

menopause

Menopause completely changes a woman's life and dental health. Altered taste, burning sensations in your mouth, and increased sensitivity are some common symptoms. A lot of women also feel dry mouth. Dry mouth increases risk of cavities. When on their menopause, women should drink a lot of water and have sugar free candies. Using mouthwash can help saliva production.

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The expert suggested, "What you eat can also make a difference when it comes to dry mouth. Avoid salty, spicy, sticky, and sugary foods, as well as and dry foods that are hard to chew. Alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine can also make dry mouth worse."

She further shared, “The decreased estrogen that occurs with menopause also puts you at risk for a loss of bone density. This can lead to tooth loss so please consult a physician for an extra dose of vitamins and minerals."

We hope this guide helps you take care of your dental routine and prevents any gum or teeth related issues. For more such expert backed stories, stay tuned!