Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause are times of change for women and their bodies. Hormones change and surge, causing all sorts of problems for many women. Unfortunately, these hormone changes can also leave you vulnerable to dental problems, most commonly gum disease and periodontitis.
Changes in a woman’s hormones can cause the gums to be much more sensitive, making a woman even more susceptible. So, during these transitional times of life, it’s even more important to make sure you’re brushing and flossing daily and paying close attention to any changes or abnormalities in the gum tissue.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is caused by the bacteria in dental plaque, which builds during the time between brushing. These bacteria can cause the gum tissue to swell, bleed, become painful, and turn red. Gums may become sensitive, but the pain isn’t always a symptom, so be sure to pay careful attention. If left untreated, the bone and tissue surrounding the teeth can become damaged, which can eventually lead to tooth loss.
If you’re at any of these stages in your life, or if you have any of the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Meadows Family Dental here in Castle Rock, Colorado. We want to make sure the last thing you need to worry about during these times of your life is your dental health.