Did you know that there’s more to hormones than bloating and irritability in women? When it comes to oral health, hormones also play a huge role in one’s oral health, particularly when it comes to that portion of the population with 2 X-chromosomes. Here at our Pennsylvania dental practice, a lot of women complain about bleeding gums and cold sores. Does it have to do with one’s hormones? Let’s figure it out below.

What’s Hormones Got to Do With It

By and large, two hormones – estrogen and progesterone, increase in number during puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy. High levels of these hormones would explain why some women tend to experience swollen and bleeding gums (gingivitis) around their monthly period. While this condition is not that serious and will most likely go away, chronic gingivitis needs to be attended right away, particularly when the woman is pregnant.

When a woman is taking oral contraceptives and/or already in the menopausal phase, she may also experience bleeding gums and dry mouth syndrome. The latter may put her at risk for tooth decay.

The Need for Regular Dental Visits in Women

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