ORAL HEALTH AND WOMEN’S HEALTH
This women’s day lets concentrate and give importance to the oral health.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT AND WHAT DIFFERENCE IS THERE IN WOMEN’S ORAL HEALTH WHEN COMPARED TO MEN?
As a women, you know that your health needs are unique. You also know that at specific times in life, you need to take extra care of yourself.
Your Special Times
Times when you mature and change, for example, puberty or menopause, and at times when you have special health needs, such as menstruation or pregnancy.
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR ORAL HEALTH NEEDS ALSO CHANGES AT THESE TIMES?
Periodontal disease is often a “Silent” disease, many women do not realise they it until it reaches an advanced state. However, at each stage of your life, you can take steps to protect your oral health.
To Help ensure good oral hygiene, be sure to
See a dental professional for cleaning at least once a year
See a dentist if you notice problem with your gum tissue such as
bleeding gums while brushing
red swollen or tender gums
persistent bad breath
pus between teeth and gums
loose or separating teeth
WHAT HAPPENS DURING PUBERTY AND MENSTRUATION?
During puberty and menstruation there is an increased level of sex hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, causes increased blood circulation to the gums.
WHAT CHANGES HAPPENS DURING PREGNANCY?
Pregnant women bleed more readily due to the effect of pregnancy hormones (estrogen, progesterone), and may consequently avoid brushing their teeth. As a result, bacterial plaque increases. Therefore, in pregnancy, the mouth needs more care.
Vomiting, especially during the first months of pregnancy, increases the acidic environment in the mouth. After vomiting, in the first few months, the mother may not pay enough attention to oral care. If the teeth are not brushed sufficiently, an acidic environment will form in the mouth.
Saliva flow decreases. For these reasons, the formation of caries increases during this period.
Mothers can neglect their own oral and dental health care while they are dealing with the health of the baby, which in turn causes a deterioration of oral health.
IT IS TIME TO INCLUDE ORAL HEATH IN ROUTINE MEDICAL CARE AND ACHIVE THE PROMISE OF COMPREHENSIVE , WHOLE PERSON CARE FOR ALL.
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Blog prepared by Dr Reshma Sivadas