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Hormones and how they affect women’s dental health.

Back in January of 2012 Dr. Amble blogged about continuing good dental care through your pregnancy and gave his overall recommendations. If you missed that post, here it is again Continuing Good Dental Care Through Your Pregnancy.

We wanted to follow that up with a reference to a good article found at The article reiterates the recommendations that Dr. Amble uses for women who are pregnant and goes on to talk about hormonal fluctuation throughout women’s lives. It also notes that post-menopausal women have higher chances of loss of bone density, as well as increased levels of dental plaque, both of which can affect the integrity of the structure holding your teeth in place.

The article can be found through this link and is a high level overview of how women’s hormones affect their dental health throughout their lives, including during and beyond menopause.

If you are interested in the underlying research, much of it comes from “Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry”. I have included two links to specific journal articles referenced above.

The Effect of Menstrual Cycle on Periodontal Health – A Clinical and Microbiological Study

Women’s Health: Periodontitis and its Relation to Hormonal Changes, Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Osteoporosis