New Study Shows a Link between Female Hormones and Gum Disease

An in-depth review of over 50 women’s health journal articles has shown there is a link between female hormone production and gum disease. The review was led by Charlene Krejci, associate clinical professsor at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. It is called “Women’s Health: Periodontitis and its Relation to Hormonal Changes, Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Osteoporosis” and has been published in the journal Oral Health and Preventative Dentistry. It shows that the level of female hormones, which can fluctuate considerably over the course of a lifetime, can be responsible for changing conditions in the oral cavity which can lead to gum disease.

Krejci reviewed 61 journal articles as well as nearly 100 studies, all of which dealt with the question as to whether there was a link between gum disease and an increased level of female hormones, as well as other major health concerns such as preterm births and osteporosis. “There’s definitely a gender-specific connection between women’s hormones, gum disease, and specific health issues impacting women” said Dr. Krejci. In addition she noted that although women tend to pay much more care to their oral hygiene routine, they need to be more attentive than men in order to avoid health issues that are unique to women.

She has recommended that as well as paying extra attention to daily brushing and flossing, women should make sure they have regular dental checkups so any early signs of gum disease can be treated quickly when the condition is still reversible. In addition Krejci has cautioned women at risk of suffering from bone loss, or who are pregnant, need to be even more vigilant in addressing their gum disease problems.

Pregnant women with severe gum disease, and who require surgery, are often not treated until after the baby is born. During pregnancy, women can be more susceptible towards developing gum disease in a condition called pregnancy gingivitis as they may become more sensitive towards plaque bacteria. This is because of the hormonal changes caused by pregnancy that make women even more vulnerable towards developing periodontal disease. Anyone with periodontal disease should try to ensure this condition is treated prior to becoming pregnant. It is therefore critical it’s essential to have regular checkups, as well as professional cleanings to help eliminate the risk of gum disease, and some dentists recommend more frequent visits.

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