Hormonal fluctuations during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause affect your oral health. Progesterone and estrogen hormone levels rise during puberty and increase the blood circulation to your gums. As a result, some women experience menstruation gingivitis, pregnancy gingivitis, and menopausal gingivostomatitis—all of which contribute to sensitive, swollen, tender, red, or bleeding gums. Studies show that women with periodontal disease are seven times more likely to have a premature or low-birth weight baby.
Women often experience morning sickness or Gastroesphageal reflux disease during pregancy. Studies show that women are also more likely than men to experience eating disorders, such as bulimia. These conditions bring your stomach acids up to your mouth. Frequent exposure to stomach acid can erode your tooth enamel. Additionally, vomiting can lead to bad breath, dry mouth, stained teeth, and temporary oral lesions. Be sure to rinse your mouth after purging and visit your Bedford dentist to protect your mouth from stomach acids.
Research shows that post-menopausal women are more likely to develop osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases your bone density and weakens your bones—including those in your jaw. As a result, your bones may deteriorate and your teeth may fall out. Older women are also at an increased risk of gum disease which doubles the risk of tooth loss.
In general, women tend to pay more attention to their appearances than men. Women are more likely to be embarrassed by stained, crooked, or missing teeth. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reports that people who receive smile enhancements are viewed as more attractive, popular, and successful. However, a healthy smile will help you stay beautiful. About 70 percent of men say that a woman looks more beautiful when she is smiling than when she is wearing makeup. Smiling acts as a natural face lift by raising your facial muscles to make you look younger, happier, and more energetic. Additionally, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and bonding can hide the blemishes that make your smile look worn.
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If you are looking for a dentist in the Des Moines area that delivers award winning dental care, contact Dr. Jessica Johnson. To schedule your visit at Valley Ridge Family Dental, contact our West Des Moines dentist office at (515) 223-9764. We serve West Des Moines, Waukeen, Clive, Urbandale, and the surrounding Des Moines metro communities.