Women's Oral Health in Citrus Heights, CA

Erratic hormone levels during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause and health conditions like diabetes can compromise women’s oral health. The term ‘oral health’ includes teeth, gums, jaw, throat, and bones in and around the oral cavity. Regular visits to our trained dentists near you combined with brushing and flossing can optimize your oral and overall health.

New Vision Dentistry offers a range of women’s oral health treatments in Citrus Heights, CA.

How Hormones Affect Oral Health

Changing hormone levels affect gum health, resulting in tenderness, soreness, and bleeding. Your immune system may be less efficient during pregnancy, leading to increased risks of gum disease. Women’s oral health gets affected mainly due to hormonal changes during menstruation, pregnancy, birth control, and menopause.

During menstruation

Menstruation

Hormonal fluctuations, especially increasing progesterone levels, can cause your gums to swell and bleed or lead to canker sores. Canker sores have a grey or white base with a reddish border. Unlike cold sores, these are not contagious.

Birth Control

Birth control methods like pills or shots may lead to changes in estrogen and progesterone levels that affect gum health. If you’re taking birth control, it may take longer to heal from tooth extractions as the clot may fall out, resulting in a painful condition called ‘dry socket.’

If you’re scheduled for dental treatment at New Vision Dentistry, please feel free to discuss your concerns with our trained dentists.

Pregnancy

Pregnant women are usually at higher risk of developing gum disease, thin tooth enamel, and loose teeth. Patients who smoke may be at higher risk of periodontitis. Also, as joints and tissue loosen to prepare for childbirth, the tissue surrounding teeth may become weak, resulting in loose teeth.

Similarly, stomach acids brought up during morning sickness may erode tooth enamel and lead to teeth sensitivity.

Menopause

Women undergoing menopause may experience gum disease symptoms such as swelling, bleeding and soreness, dry mouth (due to reduced saliva production), and jawbone weakness due to osteoporosis.

Our experienced dentists in Citrus Heights, CA, are pleased to offer a spectrum of women’s oral health treatments near you.

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