The most important thing in the life of each of us is definitely health. When it comes to women, it is necessary to pay special attention to health and listen to your body well. Oral hygiene is very much related to women’s overall health.

What is oral health? 

Oral health is the health of your mouth, gums, teeth and throat. Oral health problems, such as gum disease, can be a sign that you have other health problems. Gum disease is unfortunately a very common occurrence of infection caused by plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. If you leave it untreated, bacteria can penetrate the tissues and result in at least tooth loss. Also, it can lead to some serious complications like stroke, respiratory problems or even heart diseases. The consequences can be more dangerous due to the nature of bacteria that travel through your body, so they can also affect the fetus if you are pregnant. With this in mind, a simple question like: “ How often should I brush my teeth?” is not enough. 

How does your menstrual cycle affect oral health?

Hormone levels rise and fall during your menstrual cycle. During ovulation and a few days before the start of menstruation, your hormone level is higher. Hormone oscillations can negatively affect your gums, resulting in swelling. Your gums may be red and bleed more than usual. You can also get canker sores. They are small ulcers that have a white base and red edge. Canker sores are inside the mouth and can be very painful and unpleasant.

How does birth control affect oral health?

Hormonal birth control, such as a pill, vaginal ring or injection, can raise the levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, as doctors from abortion clinic told as. These higher levels of hormones can affect your gums and can affect healing of certain wounds in the mouth after dental interventions. After the dentist extracts the tooth, a clot forms over the empty space. Women who take hormonal birth control have a higher risk of dropping this clot which can be painful.     

How does your pregnancy affect oral health?        

Pregnancy can make brushing your teeth difficult because some toothpastes have a strong taste or smell that is not pleasant for pregnant women due to severe nausea. It’s important not to give up, so try to change your  toothpaste.           

During pregnancy, hormone levels also rise and fall. This increases the risk of several oral health problems:

  • Severe gum disease -Periodontitis 

Changes in hormone levels during pregnancy can worsen gum disease. Periodontitis is an infection of the tissues that hold the teeth in place. It’s usually caused by flossing and flossing, or brushing and flossing  in a way that allows plaque and bacteria to accumulate on the teeth and harden. Peiodontitis can cause wounds, bleeding gums and tooth loss. Because of this, it’s important to brush your teeth regularly, especially if you are a smoker.

  • Cavities 

Cavities can affect deeper layers of your teeth. It can lead to a toothache, infection and tooth loss.

  • Cracked or broken teeth

This can be very painful, and it can be a result of chewing hard food, injury or grinding the teeth at night.

How can you prevent oral health problems?

  • Eat healthy foods 

Limit the amount of sugary foods and drinks. Drink less soda and replace it with water.

  • Don’t smoke  

Smoking raises risk of gum disease like throat cancer.

  • Visit your dentist few times a year 

These are just some of the things women should pay attention to for their general health. It’s important to understand how much we have to take care of our body, especially women and how much oral hygiene has an impact on the overall health condition.

Cite this article as:
Editorial Staff, "Connection between oral hygiene and women’s health," in Medicalopedia, November 9, 2020, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/9363/connection-between-oral-hygiene-and-womens-health/].