How does oral health habits affect women?

  • Posted on: Dec 30 2019
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Oral Health in WomenMost women, especially moms, are busy taking care of others before they think about focusing on their own needs. The team of Clarendon Dental Arts encourages Arlington, VA area women to think twice about putting their needs on the back burner. Instead, women should take note of the ways in which their lifestyle can impact their oral health and more.

  • Hormonal changes. One of the most common ways a woman’s body impacts oral health is with hormonal changes. Fluctuating hormones can result in the development of dry mouth or pregnancy gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis needs to be controlled with a dentist to ensure the condition doesn’t worsen following the birth of a woman’s child. Some women may need to see their dentist more often during their pregnancy to maintain their oral health. Additionally, women who are pregnant or going through changes such as menopause should notify their dentist.
  • Periodontal disease and pregnancy. During pregnancy, there is a lot that happens to a woman’s body. If women have periodontal disease during their pregnancy, they may be at risk for low birthweight babies or preterm labor. Dr. Danine Fresch Gray will evaluate women throughout their pregnancy to ensure periodontal disease does not develop and to maintain overall dental health for a healthier smile AND a healthier pregnancy!
  • Cold sores/canker sores. In addition to the increase risk of periodontal disease and other problems during pregnancy, women who are menstruating may also notice an increased risk of developing cold sores and canker sores during their monthly period. In most situations, these can be handled with medication or specific treatments through a dental provider. Increased levels of stress may also result in an increase of canker sores and cold sores.

Speak to Dr. Danine Fresch Gray today about your dental health needs as a woman

Women who are interested in obtaining comprehensive dental care solutions for their unique situations are welcome to schedule an appointment with the team at Clarendon Dental Arts today. Arlington, VA area patients are invited to request a visit by calling (703) 525-5901 and visiting our team at 2700 Clarendon Boulevard. We are always accepting new patients and families on the hunt for quality care.

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