Your hormones are connected to many parts of your physical health. They even affect your dental health.
Did you know that a hormone surge can contribute to gum disease? Two female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, bring more blood into your gums, creating gum sensitivity and inflammation. This and other factors can gradually lead to gum disease.
One event that influences the flow of these hormones is your period. If you notice gum sensitivity around this time, you’ll want to be extra alert about brushing and flossing and avoiding sugary substances. And please be gentle when in contact with your gums.
Pregnancy can lead to a flood of hormones. Some females can even have what is called pregnancy gingivitis. If you are one of these women, you can seek treatment with Carter-Rockbridge General Dentistry P.C. in Norcross, Georgia to talk to Dr. Gloria Stingley.
Menopause will also impact your mouth. You may find that salivary glands produce less saliva than your mouth needs, exposing it to tooth decay. This is called dry mouth. You’ll want to drink lots of water and consider sleeping with a humidifier. Decreased estrogen can also contribute to bone loss in the jaw. Make sure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet to keep your jaw strong.
If you have any questions about how your hormones may be affecting your dental health, feel free to contact us at 770-662-5955. We’re here to help.