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Women and Dental Health: Your Oral Health at Every Life Stage

Ladies, girls, and to all women out there, your oral health depends on your different phases of life.

For most women, as they go through various stages in life, the physical changes are directly related to surges in reproductive and other hormonal levels. The stages based on the reproductive ages would be puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause. However, other issues such as woman’s susceptibility to osteoporosis and autoimmune diseases. Most well known autoimmune disease that affects the mouth is the Sjögren’s syndrome (which causes extreme dry mouth).

Women are also more likely to be diagnosed with TMD (Temporomandibular joint disorder) which is a disorder of the jaw joint that can be caused by a variety of known and unknown causes. Subsequently, women can be susceptible to myofascial pain (which refers to pain caused by muscular irritation, eating difficulties.

So what to do as a female dental patient with clean bill of health? Make sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and after each meal when possible and floss thoroughly each day. To help avoid problems, your dentist may request to see you more frequently during stages of your life when hormone levels are changing.


According to the Surgeon General’s Report on Dental Health, a healthy mouth is essential to the person’s general health. Numerous researches have proven that there is a link between gum disease to a variety of health problems that only affects women.

Since gum disease is a bacterial infection, it can spread via the bloodstream and can be a source of other health complications(endocarditis, heart disease, other inflammatory condition).

We have already introduced to you the different diseases that are linked to gum disease in our previous article: Gum Disease Linked With Other Health Problems


Women have special oral health necessity during the unique phases that they go through in their lives. Changes in female hormone levels during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause amplify the way gums react to plaque.

So at these times, women need to be especially thorough about brushing and flossing every day in order to prevent gum disease.

Other important information you should know:

Menstruation — some women find that their gums swell and bleed immediately before their periods, while others experience cold sores or canker sores(possibly due to immune response to changes in hormone level). These symptoms usually go away once your period starts.

Oral contraceptives — inflamed gums are one of the most common side effects. Contraceptives are composed of hormones that will have effects on the gingival tissue.

Pregnancy — studies show many pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis in which dental plaque builds up on the teeth and gums get irritated more than non-pregnancy state. Symptoms include red, inflamed and bleeding gums. Prenatal care is especially important. Read our article about Best Dental Care Tips During Pregnancy

Menopause — oral symptoms experienced during this stage of a women’s life include red or inflamed gums, oral pain and discomfort, burning sensations, altered taste sensations and dry mouth. Dry mouth is one of the highest risk factor for rampant decay.

Osteoporosis — a number of studies have suggested a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw. Researchers suggest this may lead to tooth loss because the density of the bone that supports teeth may be decreased. When combined with gum disease, osteoporosis speeds up the process of bone loss around the teeth. There are foods that you can incorporate into your diet to help you keep both your teeth and gums healthy.


We believe that preventive care can save you a lot of money (and teeth) in the long run. With regular dental preventative care, probable problems can be detected earlier and it gives us a chance to treat it in a minimally invasive manner. This is our approach – prevention is better than a treatment.

During your dental health appointment, you will be checked for any indications of early disease and you will be given professional teeth cleaning along xrays.


Dental Health is not expensive, neglect is.

Periodontal disease or gum disease is a serious condition that can possibly result to numerous problems within our mouth and body. Basically, periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, and when it is left untreated – this health condition can lead to the destruction of the soft tissue and bone, which can lead to tooth loss. Eventually, this might be linked to some other health conditions.

Maintaining strong and healthy teeth and gums is part of an overall regime to ensure your optimal health. Madison Avenue Dentists aim to help you attain and maintain this for a lifetime.

Book an appointment and get the best services suited for your dental health condition. You can also call us at tel:+12126880103.





Science Direct

Dr. Stella Oh Dr. Stella Oh is a highly accomplished surgically trained prosthodontist who practices at Madison Avenue Dentists, PC. Dr. Oh provides all levels of dentistry, from routine care to full mouth reconstructions involving dental implant surgeries. She has completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from NYU College of Dentistry and further finished a 3-year prosthodontic residency and 2-year Dental Implant Surgical Fellowship. Furthermore, she has taught at NYU College of Dentistry for numerous years while maintaining a private practice. "Learning should never stop" according to Dr. Oh, "and educating patients about dental care is important." Dr. Oh continuously researches new science and technology in dentistry to improve patient care and the successful outcome of her treatments. She implements a cutting edge scientific approach with an integrative concept in mind. "Mouth is not a separate part of one's body," says Dr. Oh, "but it should consider as an important part of overall health."

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