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Birth Control and Oral Health: What Women Need To Know

Life is full of major decisions for women. One of the major is the decision about if, and when, to have babies which means most of the women must make a decision at some point of their life  about birth control. Which birth control technique to use is often hinged on considering a number of things which includes convenience, cost, and side effects, which got us to wonder about the relationship between birth control and oral health.

All women undergo stages in their life that involve changes in their hormones. Hormones majorly impact body changes, mood, emotions, appetite, and a woman’s overall health.

Today women have a number of birth control methods to decide from all with their own varying levels of hormones and  side effects to consider. These side effects can have an effect on a woman’s overall health, surprisingly including her oral health! How are they related?

How Hormonal Changes Impact Oral Health

Women need to be more alert of their oral health during certain stages in their life, such as puberty, PMS, pregnancy and menopause.  With large fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone hormone in their system, some women will notice gum disease-like symptoms such as swollen or bleeding gums.  In fact, the inflammation related with gum disease can go beyond the health of a woman’s smile – gum disease has been linked to an increase in risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more.So, just how are birth control and oral health related?

Birth Control and Oral Health: The Hormone Connection

Because many types of birth control methods include hormones, the first month after consuming the pill has the most major effect on the body. When large changes in quantity of  hormones occur, some women will undergo gum disease-like symptoms such as swollen or bleeding gums because their gums are more sensitive during that time and may become agitated easier.

The good news is that not all birth control techniques are created equal and the newer pills today have comparative low levels of estrogen and progesterone than they once did, so the effect of hormones on dental health isn’t quite as major. However, women who already possess gingivitis are at a higher risk for gum disease to progress when adopting hormone based birth control.

Birth Control and Dental Health: Other Factors to Consider

Smoking: there is a relation between women who smoke and use birth control. Women who smoke have an increased risk to a number of disorders including blood clotting and experiencing dry socket after having a wisdom tooth extracted out.

Time: the number of times a woman uses hormone-based birth control technique also increases their risk of gum disease.

Keep Up With Good Oral Health Care Habits

The best method to keep your mouth, gums and teeth healthy is very simple – practice good oral health care habits.  With just a few minutes and twice a day, a woman can make a simple, positive and an effective change to her health. Dentists advice brushing your teeth two times a day. In addition, use floss and alcohol free mouthwash everyday to remove additional bacteria from your teeth and mouth, especially in the harder areas to reach.

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