Oral Health Status
Demographic, general health, behavioral, economic, and social risk factors place some women at high risk for developing oral disease. There are many opportunities throughout a woman’s life to prevent oral problems or to reduce their impact on general health.
Hormones related to puberty & pregnancy are related to an increased incidence of gingivitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue that causes bleeding of the gums. Gingivitis can be an early sign of periodontal disease.
Behavioral Risk Factors
Behavioral risk factors such as tobacco use and poor diet may also negatively influence women’s oral health. Smoking is the number one risk factor associated with periodontal disease. Poor eating habits may also contribute to inflam
mation within the body and mouth, including cardiovascular issues.
Anorexia nervosa & bulimia nervosa are serious concerns in terms of women’s oral health and pose a clinical challenge to health professionals. Oral manifestations of these eating disorders may affect the teeth, salivary glands, & periodontium (gums), & oral mucosa.
The impact of oral disease may extend beyond a woman’s oral health to the health of her baby. A mother’s oral health state or periodontal disease and progression may contribute to infant risk of preterm birth (under 37 weeks gestation). Oral health care prior to & during pregnancy is extremely important and should be taken very seriously. Please contact us for an appointment if you are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant.