While one of the hot button issues is about women being the weaker sex, studies have shown that females are more susceptible to dental conditions. It might be a great thing that numbers also indicate that it is women who visit the dentist more often than men. But what else should women be privy about when it comes to their dental health?
Swollen tender gums.
You might have a teenage daughter who complains a lot about having swollen gums, but this is rather normal given the fluctuating levels of hormones in puberty-aged females. The high levels of hormone induce an increase in the circulation of blood to the gums. This leads to irritation of gums, sensitivity and increased susceptibility to infection. While this swelling will lessen as your child grows older, you can always encourage your child to go for dental scaling and root planing in order to lessen her risk for gum disease. It also helps if your child brushes after each meal, rinses with anti-tartar or anti-plaque mouthwash and flosses before each calling it a day.
Bad breath before menstruation.
Some women have noticed that their breaths become a little bit funky. According to dentists, this is because of transient salivary problems when your monthly cycle is upcoming. You can prevent your breath from taking a nasty turn by brushing after each meal, flossing, mouth rinsing, and scraping your tongue to get rid of foul-smelling bacteria which may accumulate in this area of your tongue. When rinsing with mouthwash, pick out a product that does not contain any alcohol and try to rinse once every five hours. You can also chew sugarless gum in between meals to keep the production of saliva high and prevent build up of bacteria.
Women shouldn’t just go to their prenatal check-ups regularly, but they should also show up for their dental check-ups as well. This is because expectant mothers are at risk for gum diseases. The reason for this is because of the fluctuating levels of hormones when one is pregnant. And the complications brought about by pregnancy gingivitis goes more than just affecting the oral health but even influencing the weight of babies and can even increase the risk of a mother delivering pre-term. Pregnancy gingivitis will clear up once the mother delivers or if the pregnancy is aborted. However, for as long as a woman has a bun in the oven, it’s crucial to take care of her dental health.