Dentistry for Women
Just as women have unique needs when it comes to medical care, they require dental care that considers their specific concerns. Dr. Malone is well-versed in looking after women's oral health with a treatment approach that will suit you and your stage of life.
Hormones and Gum Health
Hormonal fluctuations are a normal part of life at varying ages. These changes can affect your dental health during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Recent research links gum disease to health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, pre-term/low birth weight babies and respiratory problems.
An effective oral hygiene routine including routine preventative dental visits is the best way to keep gum disease at bay.
Those who take birth control pills may experience gingivitis, or gum inflammation, due to the levels of estrogen and progesterone they contain. Some of the antibiotics that may be prescribed to treat gum disease can decrease the effectiveness of your birth control pills.
Puberty and Menstruation
Increased blood circulation in the gums from greater levels of hormones can cause gums to become irritated, sensitive or swollen. Menstrual gingivitis can involve red, swollen or bleeding gums. Others may experience canker sores, cold sores, herpes infections and swollen salivary glands.
Menstrual gingivitis most often occurs before a period and subsides at the onset. Our team is experienced in working with young women and helping them to create habits for a lifetime of excellent oral health.
The exceptional demands on pregnancy include an increase in progesterone, which can result in gum and tooth problems. With dental care and more attention to oral hygiene habits, you can eliminate these common problems. Emerging research supports a link between a mom's oral health and that of her developing baby, making it of utmost importance to brush, floss and see your dentist regularly.
Anyone with morning sickness should neutralize the acid in their mouth that is caused by vomiting since acid erodes teeth enamel and may lead to decay.
Gingivitis is common between the second and eighth months of pregnancy. We recommend that you have teeth cleanings more frequently during these months. A nutritious diet including calcium, protein, phosphorus and Vitamin A, C and D is crucial to your and your baby's oral health.
If you plan to become pregnant or are already, Dr. Malone recommends you take care of any needed dental care promptly to preserve the health of your teeth and gums.
Menopause and Aging
Menopause brings about hormonal changes that increase the risk of gum disease. Meanwhile, bone loss is on the rise. By getting the proper dental care now, you can ensure that you have healthier teeth and gums in the future and enjoy a more youthful appearance while you age gracefully.
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