According to a report, good oral health is essential to maintain overall health, specifically for women. One more report also mentions that oral diseases and overall health diseases are interlinked and can be avoided by taking a few simple precautions.

Here are a few overall health diseases which are linked to oral problems:

  • Heart disease: People suffering from gum disease may be at the risk of heart disease and have up to twice the risk of having a fatal heart attack. Heart disease is also the number one killer among American women.
  • Stroke: According to a study, there is a casual relationship between oral infections serving as a threat factor for stroke.
  • Diabetes: People with diabetes are more likely to suffer from gum disease and it may also make it more difficult to control their blood sugar. Gum disease can also be a risk factor for diabetes, even in fit women.
  • Respiratory problems: Bacteria which grow in the oral cavity may travel to the lungs causing respiratory disease like pneumonia – especially in the people with gum disease.
  • Pregnancy outcomes: Pregnant women who suffer from gum disease may be more likely to have a premature delivery. Gum disease can also trigger high levels of biological fluids which induce labor.

As gum disease is usually painless, many women may not even know that they have it till it reaches an advanced state. Your best defense is to brush and floss every day and visit your dentist frequently.

How can women take care of their oral health at different stages of their lives?

Women need to have special oral health measures during the unique phases in their lives. Changes in female hormone levels during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause may change the way gums act towards plaque. So at these times, women need to be especially thorough while brushing and flossing in order to avoid any problems.

A few important points you should know:

  • During menstruation, some women may find that their gums tend to swell and bleed before their periods. While others experience cold sores or canker sores. These symptoms usually go away once your period starts.
  • Oral contraceptives may lead to inflamed gums which are one of the most common side effects.
  • Pregnant women may experience pregnancy gingivitis, as the dental plaque builds up on the teeth which irritates the gums. Symptoms include redness, inflamed and bleeding gums. Prenatal care is also much important.
  • During menopause, there are some oral symptoms you may experience which include red or inflamed gums, oral pain and discomfort, burning sensations, altered taste sensations and also dried mouth.
  • According to a study, Osteoporosis has a link with dental care. Researchers suggest that this may lead to tooth loss due to the density of their bones which supports the teeth which may be decreased. When combined with the gum disease, osteoporosis speeds up the process of bone loss around your teeth.

To avoid such risks, make it a point to visit your dentist regularly and maintain good oral health. At Stephen’s General Dentistry, you can call us anytime to discuss your dental health and the possible treatments to ensure that both your oral and overall health are the best they can be. 🙂