Hormonal changes are a fact of life and necessary for the daily functioning of our bodies. Although many hormonal changes are healthy and normal, they can impact gum health by increasing the risk of gum disease. During times of significant hormonal changes, dental care from the Dental Associates of New England can help protect gum health and keep the smile at its best. Let's take a closer look at the link between poor gum health and hormonal changes in this overview from our Boston, MA team of dentists.
Hormones are chemicals created by different glands within the body. Hormones help regulate behavior, mood, and bodily functions. The type and amount of each hormone within the body changes regularly and more so during certain life events, such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or even stress.
A common side effect of some hormonal changes is an increased risk of gum disease. Scientists believe this is because hormones can affect how the body responds to the toxins released from bacteria found in plaque buildup and hormones can cause increased blood flow to the gum tissues. Both a changed response to toxins and increased blood flow may lead to gum inflammation and interfere with the gum's ability to fight infection.
Women typically experience more hormonal changes throughout their lives than most men. This is largely due to the hormonal changes associated with a woman's reproductive cycle, including menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. As such, women are more likely to experience gum health issues related to hormonal changes than men. Some common hormonal changes linked to poor gum health include:
Practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental care are essential for protecting the gums and teeth from hormonal changes and other threats to oral health. Treatment from the Dental Associates of New England can help your smile to stay healthy and beautiful for years to come. Contact our offices today to schedule a consultation.