How Hormones & Habits Affect Dental Health
Brushing and flossing are important for everyone, but some people are more susceptible to certain oral health problems than others.
It’s important to know what you’re at risk for so that you can take the necessary precautions. It’s not common knowledge, but, due to differences in hormones and habits, some individuals have different susceptibilities and may require different considerations when it comes to their dental care.
The Effect of Hormones
The hormonal fluctuations women experience throughout the course of their life can have a wide range of effects. One thing we don’t typically associate them with them is dental health. But, as surprising as it might seem, the state of someone’s teeth and gums is influenced greatly by these changes. Throughout your life, hormone levels will fluctuate which can influence your oral health and dental care needs:
- The fluctuations in hormone levels during puberty and menstruation can make your gums more sensitive, and even cause them to bleed when brushed.
- Meanwhile, pregnancy is associated with increased risk of gingivitis.
- Menopause can have an effect on taste and temperature sensitivity, and may decrease salivary flow, leading to dry mouth, which itself can be a factor in tooth decay.
It’s important to have open and healthy communication with your dentist during your visit to ensure that we address any and all problems that might be affecting your overall oral health.
Differences in Habits
Generally speaking, cisgender men don’t experience the same hormonal shifts as women, but, they are reported to partake in certain activities which can put their oral health at risk (such as full-contact sports) increasing the risk that they’ll sustain damage to their teeth. They’re also more likely to be prescribed heart medications which may cause dry mouth and therefore increase the risk of tooth decay. Additionally, men develop oral cancer with greater frequency than women and those who smoke or chew tobacco increase their risk even more. And regardless of your gender, we recommend using an athletic mouth guard to protect yourself from serious injury.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
The good news is that, with the right oral hygiene routine, many of these dental issues are preventable. No one’s immune so it’s important that you talk with your dentist to learn about your own susceptibilities, get regular dental examinations and cleanings and come up with an individualized dental healthcare routine.
Visit Our Dental Clinic for a Routine Checkup!
The best way to keep your oral health in check is to schedule regular visits with your dentist. Our team at Parkland Mall Dental Centre is more than happy to discuss your oral health with you and to help you ensure that you’re taking the necessary measures to care for your teeth and gums. We’re welcoming new patients, so don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule your first appointment!