Women’s oral health issues are different. Your risk for issues with your mouth, teeth, or gums can increase during your menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, and during menopause. Diabetes and other medical conditions might have an impact on your oral health. Regular dental checkups, flossing, and brushing can help avoid.
What is oral health?
Oral health refers to the overall condition of your mouth, including your teeth, gums, throat, and facial bones. Gum disease and other oral health issues could be symptoms of more serious health issues. Plaque, a sticky bacterial film that develops on your teeth, is an illness that leads to gum disorders. Plaque bacteria have the power to erode the bone and tissue surrounding your teeth if left untreated, which could result in tooth loss. If you are pregnant, infections in your mouth may potentially have an impact on the unborn child.
How frequently should I floss and brush my teeth?
Dentists advise everyone to floss once a day and use fluoride toothpaste at least twice per day. Plaque between your teeth, where brushing can’t get to, is removed by flossing. Other than floss, you can use other methods to remove this plaque. Wooden or plastic picks and water flossers are examples of these instruments, often known as interdental cleaners.
What impact do female hormones have on dental health?
Oral health in women might be impacted by fluctuating hormone levels at different phases of life. Your gums may swell and itch as your hormone levels shift. Additionally, bleeding gums are possible, particularly during pregnancy when your immune system is more sensitive than usual. The gums may become inflamed as a result, resulting in redness, swelling, and occasionally pain. Gum sensitivity and bleeding can be reduced with careful, routine brushing and flossing. Additional factors for fluctuating hormone levels that could harm your dental health include:
- Your monthly period
- hormonal contraception
I’m pregnant. Is it safe for me to get a dental checkup?
Yes. You need to continue your regular dentist visits to help protect your teeth during pregnancy.
Inform your doctor that you are expecting. It’s possible that your dentist won’t perform routine x-rays while you’re expecting. However, there is very little danger to your unborn child’s health. Your doctor can take extra precautions to protect your baby if you require urgent care or specialist dental x-rays to address a critical issue.
Early in your pregnancy, make a date for your dental exam. After the 20th week of your pregnancy, you can find it difficult to sit comfortably in a dentist chair.
have received the necessary dental care. Avoiding treatment could endanger both your health and that of your unborn child.
How can I prevent oral health problems?
- Visit your dentist once or twice a year. Your dentist may recommend more or fewer visits depending on your oral health. At most routine visits, the dentist and a dental hygienist (assistant) will treat you. During regular checkups, dentists look for signs of disease, infections, and injuries.
- Choose healthy foods. Limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks you have. Lower your risk for tooth decay by brushing after meals and flossing once a day.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking raises your risk of gum disease and mouth and throat cancers. It can also stain your teeth and cause bad breath.
- Drink less soda. Try to replace soda with water. Even diet soda has acids that can erode tooth enamel.
Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre is your Family Friendly Sunshine Coast Dentist. We believe you should be able to find everything you need from a dentist under one roof. That’s why our caring, personal and professional approach to dentistry is tailored to your needs, helping you enjoy excellent dental health, for life. Contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 to book your appointment or for further information or advice.