We’ve all heard about the differences between men and women. While some are obvious, when it comes to oral health, women need to take extra special care of their teeth and gums.
Studies indicate that there is a gender-specific connection between women’s hormones and oral health. Women undergo various hormonal changes – from puberty to pregnancy and finally menopause. Fluctuating hormone levels can affect oral health.
Hormonal changes can make a woman’s mouth a breeding ground for bacteria. With more bacteria in the mouth, women can more easily encounter cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issue. If oral bacteria enters the bloodstream, it can also negatively impact a woman’s overall health.
Oral bacteria has been linked to:
- Pregnancy outcomes: Pregnant women with gum disease have an increased chance of per-term births and low birth weight babies.
- Stroke: When bacteria in the mouth enters the bloodstream, it can form into a clot. If the clot grows, it can cause a stroke.
- Breast cancer: Women with poor oral health (gum disease) may be 11 times more likely to develop breast caner.
- Heart disease: Those with gum disease have a higher risk of heart disease and are twice as likely to encounter a fatal heart attack.
- Respiratory problems: Oral bacteria can travel into the lungs and cause respiratory problems, such as pneumonia.
While women tend to take better care of their teeth, it is essential for them to be extra vigilant to maintain good oral and overall health. On top of daily brushing and flossing, we recommend that women, men, and their families visit their dentist regularly
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