Women’s oral health and overall health are connected. If you are a woman, you must pay close attention to your oral hygiene. Of course, everyone needs to brush and floss, but according to the Surgeon General, your oral health is essential for overall health, and that is especially true in women.
According to recent studies indicate that gum disease can cause additional health problems and because Dr. Julie Storm from Timberview Family Dentistry, bacteria are the cause of gum disease, can enter the bloodstream causing a myriad of health issues including heart disease and stroke. Just another reason it’s important to pay close attention when it comes to women’s oral health.
Health Issues Associated with Gum Disease Include:
Heart Disease-If you suffer from gingivitis, or the more serious periodontal disease, you are twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack. Heart disease is a silent killer and at the top of the list when it comes to American women.
Stroke-Men are more prone to stroke, however, women are more likely to succumb to the disease than men are. Stroke occurs when there isn’t enough oxygen flowing to the brain. Timberview Family Dentistry explains that the plaque in your mouth contains bacteria and can travel through your bloodstream clogging the arteries and vessels.
Diabetes-If you are diabetic, you are more susceptible to gum disease, as it is difficult to control blood sugar. Gingivitis and gum disease could also be a risk factor for the disease in otherwise healthy people.
Respiratory Issues-The bacteria that grow in your mouth could travel to your lungs causing bronchitis and even pneumonia. People who suffer from gum disease are more likely to suffer from chronic respiratory problems.
Pregnancy-If you are pregnant and have gingivitis or periodontitis, you could give birth too early or have an infant that is too small. Because gum disease can trigger an increase in biological fluids, you could go find yourself in labor before your due date.
Women have oral health requirements that differ from men throughout all phases of life due to female hormone changes. Women need to be especially diligent with oral hygiene especially during puberty and menstruation. Women also need to schedule regular dental appointments when expecting and during menopause.
Because most people don’t know they are suffering from gum disease, as it is painless, most will not know they have it until it has advanced to periodontal disease. Timberview Family Dentistry recommends that you brush twice and floss once each day, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and see your dentist at least twice a year.
If you would like more information regarding women’s oral health, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Storm from Timberview Family Dentistry today.