Most women realize the various effects female hormones can have on their body, their mood and their health overall. Now, a recent study shows, women’s hormones can specifically affect women’s dental and oral health.
Research Study Shows the Effects
A research study by Case Western University School of Dental Medicine indicates that even natural changes in hormones can result in an increased risk of gum disease.
When bacteria grow in the mouth and proper at-home oral care or regular professional dental cleanings are not routine, hormones allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and affect joints and bones in the body. Women have an even greater risk due to hormonal changes from pregnancy, menopause or any normal change in hormones. These risks include effects on the jawbone which holds teeth firmly in place. Once the jawbone is compromised, teeth begin to loosen and there is increased potential for complete tooth loss.
This specific research was reported in May of 2012 in an edition of Oral Health and Preventative Dentistry. The study conducted by Charlene Krejci of Case Western University indicates her finding of a strong link of gum disease to preterm labor, bone loss and the side effect of hormone replacement therapy. Quoting Charlene Krejci “There’s definitely a gender-specific connection between women’s hormones, gum disease and specific health issues impacting women”. Krejci goes on to say that even though women are generally more attentive to their oral health, they must be even more vigilant to prevent hormone related issues to effect overall dental health. Collaborating on the study with Charlene Krejci was Nabil Bissada, Professor and chair of the Department of Periodontology at Case Western University School of Dental Medicine.
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Bacteria causing plaque left on teeth can become a serious health hazard, entering the blood stream and effecting all body organs, including the brain. It is imperative that oral checkups be considered part of everyone’s complete annual physical checkup. If problems seem to be developing orally with swollen or bleeding gums, or loosening teeth, the need for care is more urgent and should not wait for an annual checkup.
If you are a woman at a stage in life where you believe there is a natural occurrence of hormone imbalance, it would be advisable to make an appointment to visit Dr. Rotem to discuss your concerns.
Dr. Rotem has been helping patients of Ocean County for nearly 20 years and he is experienced in all health issues that can adversely affect your teeth and gums. Seek the advice of a true professional and call Dr. Rotem today if you feel hormones are affecting your oral health.
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