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Smile Health Spa | Woman’s Issues in New York

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120 East 36th St, Ste 1F
New York, NY 10016
(212) 532-5377

Woman’s Issues 

 

99.7  – Percent of adults who think an attractive smile is an important asset

62 – Number of times the average woman smiles per day

26 – Week of gestation in which human features can appear to be smiling in ultrasound images.


Women’s oral health depends on their different stages of life. During these different stages women may experience various symptoms and changes.

Puberty

The surge in hormones that occurs during puberty, as well as in response to orthodontic treatment may cause swollen gums, especially during menstruation.

Herpes-type lesions and ulcers also can develop. Girls may experience sensitive gums that react more to irritants. Regular Dental Cleanings and good oral hygiene at home is extremely important as it will start teens of with great habits.

Oral Contraceptives

Oral contraceptives act similarly to pregnancy because they contain progesterone or estrogen. Therefore gingivitis may occur with long term use.

Use of certain antibiotics while taking oral contraceptives can decrease their effectiveness, so always use other forms of birth control while taking antibiotics.

Pregnancy

Congratulations on your pregnancy! While it’s important to eat healthy and exercise appropriately, you also need to take good care of your teeth and gums. Thanks to an important study by researchers at the University of North Carolina, scientists have found a connection between gum disease and pregnant women whose babies were born too early or at a low weight.

Babies born before the 36th week of pregnancy (a normal pregnancy lasts 40 weeks), and weighing less than 5 pounds 8 ounce, are called preterm, low birth-weight. Some of these babies may develop slowly and experience serious health problems, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, chronic lung disease, learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder. Without regular cleanings, if the plaque isn’t removed, it can cause gingivitis- red swollen gums that are likely bleed and may lead to periodontal disease after the pregnancy.

Should I receive dental treatment while I’m pregnant?

Good oral health care is vital during your pregnancy, especially cleanings. Excessive bacteria which cause gingivitis can enter your blood stream through your gums and travel to your uterus, triggering chemicals called “prostaglandis” which are suspected to induce premature labor.

Major dental treatments that are not urgent should be postponed until after your child is born. If treatment is necessary the second trimester is the best time to have it done.

Morning Sickness

If a woman experiences morning sickness, it is important neutralize the acid caused by vomiting which causes tooth erosion. You can use a paste made of Baking Soda and Water, rubbing it on the teeth. After 30seconds, rinse off the paste, then brush and floss.

If unable to do this at least rinse your mouth with plain water.

Menopause

During menopause, some women can experience dry mouth, burning sensation, and changes in taste. Gums can even become sore and sensitive. Hormonal replacement therapy may cause gums to bleed, swell and become red. See your dentist for treatment options.