Hormonal changes and lifestyle changes during every stage of a woman’s life affect her oral health. Adolescence, pregnancy, and mid-life all increase the risk of gum disease. Diet Pills as well as other medications can decrease the flow of saliva which is uncomfortable and increases the risk of cavities and gum disease. Women with eating disorders risk erosion of tooth enamel. Smoking greatly increases the risk for gum disease and oral cancer.
What can you do about it?
- Brush at least twice a day and floss every day.
- See a dentist to evaluate and monitor your oral health.
- Inform your dentist about current medications and any changes in your health.
- Ask your dentist to recommend the home care products and techniques best suited to your stage of life.