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Dentistry For Women

three-generations-of-smilesIn the same way that women have their own medical care needs, women also have special dental care needs. In addition, women’s oral health needs differ from men’s dental care needs. Therefore, Dr. Malone has made both his treatment approach and the relaxing environment of his office welcoming to women and their families.

Hormonal fluctuations in women of various ages uniquely affect their dental health particularly during menopause, pregnancy, puberty, and menses. In addition, more recent research has directly linked gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, to a number of health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems, and pre-term/low birth weight babies. Since periodontal disease is usually painless, many women aren’t aware of having it. The best course for women who appreciate good overall health is effective oral hygiene as well as regular professional preventative dental care.

Birth Control Pills mimic pregnancy because they contain estrogen or progesterone, long term use can lead to gum inflammation, or gingivitis. While taking birth control, the use of some antibiotics that are prescribed to control gum disease, can decrease the effectiveness of birth control.

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Puberty and Menstruation

During puberty, there is increased blood circulation to the gums due to rising hormone levels. This can cause irritation, sensitivity, and swelling. Many women develop menstrual gingivitis, which can include swollen, red, and bleeding gum tissue. Others experience canker or cold sores, swollen salivary glands, and herpes infections. Menstrual gingivitis usually occurs just before a period and subsides as soon as menses begin. Our office has experience in working with the special needs of young women, and we work with them to create habits that can help them enjoy a lifetime of good oral health.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy creates exceptional demands on a woman’s body. Because of an increase in progesterone levels, gum and tooth problems are so common during pregnancy that a lot of women tolerate them as simply part of the process. Appropriate dental care and extra attention in oral hygiene routines before becoming pregnant, as well as during, and after the pregnancy, can eliminate a lot of the most common health problems for the mother and baby. Emerging research has found a strong link oral health of the mother and that of her developing fetus.

Gingivitis frequently occurs from the second through to the eighth month of pregnancy, it is recommended to have professional teeth cleaning more frequently during this time. A healthy, nutritious diet during the pregnancy enhances the mother’s oral health and the baby’s development. Baby teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth month of pregnancy, the nutritional support of protein, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, C, and D are crucial.

If you suffer from morning sickness, it is critical to neutralize the acid in the mouth caused by the vomiting, as the acid will erode the enamel on the teeth and make them more prone to tooth decay.

If you are planning a pregnancy, or have already became pregnant, Dr. Malone recommends that any necessary dental treatment be taken care of soon as possible. Dr. Malone will be happy to provide a consultation to ensure your oral health needs are taken care of during this demanding and exciting time in your life.

Menopause and Aging

The hormonal changes that occur during menopause have a tendency to increase gum disease risks, while during this same time bone loss is accelerated. By being an advocate for your own oral health and getting the dental care you need now, you can ensure better health in the future and a more vital youthful appearance while you gracefully age.

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