According to an in-depth review of several women’s health studies led by associate clinical professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine Charlene Krejci, there is a clear link between the female hormones and the apparition of gum disease.
Pregnancy, puberty, menstruation or menopause are all causing the female hormones to change over the years. The female hormones, which fluctuate intensely during the life of the patient, are actually changing several conditions in the mouth as well.
Here, the bacteria will start to grow, and later on, these will enter the bloodstream causing another changes in the health system of the woman. Then, Krejci also found that certain health issues will be aggravated and these bacteria may bring about fetal death, major bone loss or pre -term birth.
Krejci has reviewed intensely around 61 journal articles and almost 100 studies in the health field, which dealt with the question whether female hormones do have a direct connection with the apparition of gum disease, or other major health conditions such as bone loss or preterm labor.
According to the doctor, there can be clearly noted that there is a link between the female hormones and periodontal disease complications. She also noted that even though women in general tend to follow a much stricter dental health regimen, they have to pay even more attention every day to their dental health care in order to avoid certain health issues, which are specific to women.
Krejci strongly recommends that besides brushing the teeth and using the floss regularly, women should make sure to go for the regular dental checkups as well, because if the early sings of gum disease are detected, with proper treatment everything can be reversed to normal. Women who struggle with bone loss, or those who are pregnant, should be even more vigilant about their dental health care.
During pregnancy, women’s overall health is more vulnerable. They are more prone to developing gum disease complications, exactly because of the hormonal changes they undergo. Moreover, women who struggle with periodontal disease before they are even pregnant, should first cure the disease, and get pregnant only afterwards.
Generally, it is said that women who are pregnant should definitely avoid the dentist. However, nowadays it is advisable for a pregnant woman to visit the dentist for teeth scaling and root planning in order to eliminate a part of the gum disease.
However, pregnant women who struggle with severe gum disease will not be treated in any way, only after the baby is born. Then, they will generally undergo surgery in order to eliminate the gum disease.