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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 can also 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 teenagers off with great habits to continue into adulthood.

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 ounces,are called preterm, low birth-weight babies. 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 is not 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 bloodstream through your gums and travel to your uterus, triggering chemicals called “prostaglandins” 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 to 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 30 seconds, rinse off the paste, then brush and floss.

If you are unable to do this, you may rinse your mouth with plain water.

Menopause

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

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