When it comes to women’s oral health, extra care must often be taken because many of the physical changes that they go through, including menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding, and menopause, create many hormone changes in the body, some of which can be harmful to the gums and teeth.

When hormone levels surge, lesions, ulcers, dry sockets, and swollen gums can occur. In addition, taking birth control pills can increase a woman’s risk of gingivitis, while hormone replacement therapy has been known to cause swollen and bleeding gums. Women who suffer from gum disease are at a higher risk for premature births than women with healthy gums.

It is incredibly important to properly care for your mouth and oral health. Please schedule your next dental appointment soon to help avoid these painful and difficult oral problems.