Frisco dentist Dr. Osborne explains the differences in dental health for women
We know women go through a number of hormonal changes throughout their lives, from menstruation to pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Throughout these stages, as their hormones fluctuate, their dental health needs vary. As a dentist at Legacy Ranch Dental, Dr. Osborne knows that hormonal changes can affect teeth and gums.
Hormonal changes in a woman's body can result in lesions and ulcers, dry sockets, swollen gums and more. That's why it's even more important to see your dentist during those times. Research shows birth control pills, since it changes hormone levels, increases the risk of gingivitis which is a milder form of periodontal disease which is a serious complication. Gum disease these days is connected to an increased risk of stroke, cancer and diabetes. Hormone therapy has been shown to cause bleeding and swollen gums.
Legacy Ranch Dental dentist explains the link between pregnancy and dental health
If you're pregnant or interested in conceiving, you know there's a list of rules you need to follow for at least nine months. From a healthy diet to no drinking and smoking to resting. But did you know that you dental health is another area with its own do' and don't's? Taking care of your teeth becomes even more serious when the possibility of children enter the equation. Hormone fluctuations and gum disease can cause a low birth rate for your baby and pre-term delivery. To avoid pregnancy complications, the number one thing women can do is take great care of their teeth.
- Brushing and flossing twice a day
- Use a new toothbrush every 4 months
- Eat plenty and varied fruits and vegetables
- If you need a dental treatment, take care of it immediately
- Visit your dentist for professional cleaning
- No smoking, no drinking
- Inform your dentist of any pre-natal vitamins or medication
At Legacy Ranch Dental, we specialize in women's dental health
Women in general are more likely to develop dry mouth, eating disorders, jaw problems such as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD) and facial pain. So visiting a dentist like Dr. Osborne every six months is crucial for a health standpoint. If you live in the Frisco area, visit Legacy Ranch Dental for all of your dental health needs, from general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry and gum disease treatment.