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Health Tip: Hormones Can Affect Women's Dental Health

-- Hormones may affect a woman's dental health throughout her lifetime.

The American Dental Association cites these examples:

  • During puberty, hormones can trigger bleeding, redness and swelling of the gums.
  • Each month during menstruation, a woman may have bleeding and swollen gums, swollen salivary glands or canker sores. These symptoms should subside when menstruation ends.
  • Some women who take birth control pills are more likely to develop a dry socket after oral surgery.
  • Gingivitis, including swelling, soreness, tenderness and reddening of the gums, is possible during pregnancy.

Regular brushing, flossing and visits with your dentist can help with all of these issues.

Posted: July 2016


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