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Your hormones are linked to a great many facets of your well-being, your weight, emotions, sex drive, and even your dental health.

Did you know that a hormone surge can mean you are more susceptible to gum disease? That’s because two female hormones called estrogen and progesterone naturally create more blood flow into your gums. This in turn can cause your gum sensitivity and inflammation, which can eventually lead to bone loss and tooth loss.

One thing that influences this is your period. If you notice gum sensitivity before or during that time of t month, you’ll want to be extra vigilant about your oral hygiene routine and diet, and remember to be gentle when in contact with your gums.

Pregnancy can cause a great influx of hormones. As a result, some women can develop what is called pregnancy gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. If you think this has happened to you, make an appointment with Smile Time Family Dentistry in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to talk to Dr. Wendy McCurdy as soon as you can.

The changes in your hormones during menopause will also influence your mouth. Dry mouth and bone loss are two common conditions. Dry mouth happens when your salivary glands produce less saliva than your mouth needs. Since saliva washes away bad bacteria, a lack thereof means you are more exposed to tooth decay. You’ll want to drink lots of water. Consider sleeping with a humidifier. Decreased estrogen can cause bone loss in the jaw. Make sure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet.

If you have any concerns that your hormones may be affecting your dental health, don’t hesitate to contact us at 601-583-2000. We’re here to help you and your smile!