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Hormones and your oral health

  • Posted on: Aug 30 2020
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Women who have experienced puberty are well-aware of the way hormones impact their lives. Changes in hormones during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause are often disruptive to one’s emotions and health. However, did you know that hormones can also impact your oral health? Oral health is vital to one’s overall health, so knowing how hormones play a role in dental changes can help women be better prepared.

Hormones and oral health

Hormones impact every part of the body, including the mouth. Many women suffer from the development of gum disease, which can be triggered by female hormone changes throughout various points in their life. The gum tissues have estrogen receptors that make them highly susceptible to hormonal fluctuations and levels throughout adulthood. These hormone fluctuations can cause women to experience the symptoms of gingivitis or increase the symptoms of periodontal disease that has already developed.

When do hormonal changes occur?

Women may notice changes in their oral health during times of hormonal changes, including:

  •                                                                                 Puberty
  •                                                                                 Menstruation
  •                                                                                 Pregnancy
  •                                                                                 Menopause
  •                                                                                 Birth control use

How can I combat symptoms during hormonal changes?

Dr. Lenny Slepchik in downtown Montreal works with women who may be experiencing dental issues due to changing hormone levels. He has the following recommendations to suggest when it comes to managing these conditions and addressing common dental problems that occur along with hormonal changes:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes with a soft-bristled toothbrush ( preferably electric ) and a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily, preferably after every meal or at bedtime
  • Use a mouthwash that is alcohol-free after brushing the teeth
  • Chew sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva flow
  • Visit the dentist according to your specific needs (3-6 months) for an evaluation
  • Contact your dentist if you notice any unexpected changes to your oral health

Maintaining a positive relationship with your dentist is key to addressing hormone-related oral health changes

If you work or reside in downtown Montreal and are in need of a dental appointment, we welcome you to book a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with Dr. Lenny Slepchik and his team of professionals. The office can be reached by calling (514) 875-7971 or emailing us at [email protected] and contacting our office located at 800 Boul Rene-Levesque O, Suite 310. We are next to the Fairmont Queen Elilzabeth Hotel across from Place Ville Marie.

Posted in: General Dentistry