(That’s right. Women GO to Their Dentists More Frequently Than Men)
Snaps to the ladies. Recent studies have shown what we suspected all along: women are more proactive than men in maintaining their teeth and gums. Women are almost twice as likely to go for regular dental checkups, then they schedule the recommended treatment following those checkups. Women also have a better understanding about how to maintain good oral health, and a more positive attitude toward visiting the dentist.
But, there definitely different challenges in women’s and men’s oral health. Let’s investigate some common questions women are asking.
- I brush and floss each day. Why do my gums bleed sometimes?
Women have hormonal changes that can cause bleeding and gum disease. It might be linked to menstruation, pregnancy or menopause.
- I always had healthy gums. Now that I’m pregnant, why are my gums sore?
Pregnancy gingivitis is a condition that occurs when the hormone balance in your body changes and levels of progesterone increase. This makes it easier for certain types of bacteria to grow - making gums more sensitive. Symptoms range from gums that burn or bleed slightly to severe swelling and infection. Morning sickness also contributes to dental problems due to increased acid coming in contact with teeth.
- Is it true gum disease can cause problems with my baby?
Women with chronic gum disease are four to seven times more likely to deliver prematurely, resulting in underweight babies.
- I’m in my 50’s and my gums are suddenly burning and bleeding. What’s wrong?
Hormone fluctuations occur during perimenopause and menopause. Symptoms include bloody gums, burning, dry mouth, changes in taste, and infection. You may need more frequent cleanings to prevent gum disease.
- Can my osteoporosis meds cause bone loss in my jaw?
While the overwhelming majority of loss of bone in patients occurs when osteoporosis meds are administered intravenously, in some cases bone loss also occurred when medication was taken orally. Bone loss in the jaw causes complications for implant placement, as well as the healing from dental surgeries. Make sure to let us know if you are currently on this type of medication.
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