Throughout life, women experience several major hormonal shifts. These hormonal changes have been shown to increase their risk of developing gum disease during these specific stages of life. Hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy or menopause could affect the health of your teeth and gums. Fallston, MD dentist Dr. Melissa Elliott offers comprehensive dental care to help prevent and treat oral health concerns affecting women during all stages of life.
Women & The Importance of Gum Health
Family and cosmetic dentist Dr.Elliott provides dental care to women and children in the comfort of our Fallston dentist office. Women who are pubescent, pregnant, or going through menopause may be at a higher risk of developing gum disease. If you are pregnant, Dr.Elliott encourages you to schedule frequent dental checkups to ensure the health of your gums. Some research has shown a link between prenatal gingivitis and low birth weights in babies. A healthy diet and diligent oral hygiene can help keep you and your baby healthy.
The importance of gum health is often overlooked. Healthy gums are essential for a stable and healthy oral foundation. Gum disease is a progressive and serious bacterial infection that starts in the gums and can spread to your bloodstream. The bacterial infection is linked to a whole range of systemic health problems that can cause life long problems beyond just your oral health.
Gum disease may increase risk of:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory problems
Recent studies suggest that women are more prone to the adversary effects of untreated gum disease than men. Women can take preventative measures to help maintain their oral health. Twice daily brushing , thorough flossing, and biannual dental cleanings and checkups can help maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
Schedule A Consultation
Six month check ups at our Fallston, MD dentist office can help keep your smile functional, healthy and beautiful. Every visit will include a thorough oral health exam and Dr.Elliott will exam your teeth, gums and neck are. Enjoy the benefits of your best oral health by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Elliott today.