Hormonal Changes May Affect A Woman’s Oral Health.

The Huffington Post (3/28, Mango) “The Blog” carries an article originally appearing on the Health website discussing how fluctuations in hormone levels may impact a woman’s oral health. An OB/GYN in New York City said, “A surge in the female hormones estrogen and progesterone causes an increase in blood flow to the gums, and a decrease in the way that we can fight off plaque and other toxins.” This can occur during pregnancy, for example, and other times hormone levels change, the article states. The OB/GYN advised daily brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, and limiting consumption of sugar and carbohydrates to promote dental health.

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on pregnancy gingivitis and other topics related to pregnancy and dental health.