Your hormones are a powerful influence on the state of your body. They even influence your dental health.
Two female hormones, estrogren and progesterone, can contribute to gum disease. How does that work? They naturally bring more blood into your gums, leading to gum sensitivity and inflammation when in contact with plaque or food. This and other factors can gradually lead to gum disease.
One event that influences the flow of your hormones is “that time of the month”. If you notice gum inflammation around your period, you’ll want to be extra attentive in brushing and flossing and avoiding sugary treats. And please be tender when your toothbrush or floss is in contact your gums.
Pregnancy can result in raging hormones. Some females can even have what is called pregnancy gingivitis. If you think you may be one of these unlucky women, you can seek treatment with Stein Dental Care in Nashville, Tennessee to talk to Dr. Alan Stein.
Menopause can also influence your mouth. Your salivary glands may manufacture less saliva than your mouth requires, exposing it to greater tooth decay. This is called dry mouth. You’ll want to drink lots of water and think about sleeping with a humidifier. Decreased estrogen can also add to bone loss in the jaw. Make sure you are receiving enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet to keep your jaw tough.
If you have any questions about how your hormones may be disturbing your dental health, feel free to contact us at 615-540-0888. We’re here to help.