Dental Health Week 2016 – Women and Oral Health

Dental Health Week, which takes place in the first full week of August, is the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health promotion. Its aim is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health in every aspect of their lives. This year Dental Health Week is focusing on the significant way that hormones can impact a woman’s oral health.

A recent survey revealed that women are unaware of the significant impact that various life stages have on the health of their teeth and gums. Major life events like pregnancy, puberty and menopause, as well as menstruation, dramatically affect the state of a woman’s dental health. 

By focusing on these topics throughout Dental Health Week, women will be encouraged to take a more proactive and preventative approach to their dental health. The aim of Withers Dental during this week is to educate our patients on the way their teeth, gums and mouth are affected during each of the pivotal phases of a woman’s life.

Puberty

Increased production of estrogen and progesterone change the way gums react to plaque leading to more sensitivity, swelling and bleeding. 

Menstruation

Some women experience bleeding, sores and ulcers in the lead-up to their period while others may develop temporary gingivitis. 

Pregnancy

The gums of some women may bleed more easily due to “pregnancy gingivitis” while vomiting from morning sickness can strip away more enamel from your teeth. This is why dentists should be on the list of health professionals that women consult during pregnancy. 

Menopause

Oral health effects including inflamed gums, burning sensations, altered taste sensations and dry mouth. Osteoporosis medications can affect healing after tooth extractions. 

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