Women’s Oral Health

Earlier this month Women’s Health Week was celebrated around Australia. With the stresses that COVID19 has brought about, this was a great reminder to check in on your health and make positive, long-lasting changes, including those in oral health. Here are some dental issues to look out for in women of different ages:

  1. Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis) – this can be affected by change in hormonal levels – e.g. in teenagers and during pregnancy. It is crucial to take care of your gums and prevent inflammation and bleeding with good brushing and flossing habits
  2. Burning mouth – this could be related to dry mouth, often experienced during menopause. This may be due to drop in oestrogen, which decreases production of saliva. Ensure you drink plenty of water and use appropriate oral hygiene products, such as Biotene toothpaste and mouthwash.
  3. Osteoporosis – drop in oestrogen also causes weaker bones, including those of the jaw. This may lead to jaw joint pain, bone and gum recession and loose teeth. Ensure your risk of osteoporosis is assessed and treated with your GP.
  4. Caries risk – lower calcium and vitamin D levels can affect the strength of teeth, predisposing them to cavities. Foods rich in these, such as dairy, are crucial in the diet. Vitamin D and calcium supplements should be considered if necessary. Always use a Fluoridated toothpaste to ensure teeth’s optimal strength.
  5. Tooth erosion – eating disorders such as Bulimia and acid reflux may cause the wear of tooth enamel, leading to extreme sensitivity and toothaches. Ensure these are addressed and tooth enamel is protected by sufficient intake of fluoride and sealed where necessary.

If you’d like more information or would like to discuss any of your dental concerns with us please contact us at EDG on 95316387 or info@elwooddental.com.au