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Hormones Levels and Your Oral Health

June 4, 2013

Oral Health smallYour oral and overall health are much more connected than most people realize. For example, gum disease doesn’t just have an impact on your smile’s wellbeing; it’s also been connected to other health problems, like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s and preterm birth.

But even patients who were aware of this connection might not have realized there’s also a connection between oral health and hormone levels. In that case, the truth is surprising. As it turns out, the rise or fall of hormone levels in the body has an effect on one’s vulnerability to gum disease. Women will experience this more than men because of the hormone changes they experience throughout life. Some of the biggest cases include puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. But those aren’t the only times when hormone levels will change. Women taking birth control may be more susceptible, as are women who are about to begin their period.

So, what does that mean for patients of Juno Beach Restorative and Aesthetic?

It means that regular exams and checkups should be a priority. The whole point of regular visits is to catch gum disease before it has a chance to become more serious. During your visit, if Dr. Keuning or Dr. Riley finds anything, a treatment plan can be put together immediately.

Are you a woman who is pregnant or taking birth control? Let us know, and be sure you make regular care a priority. Also, remember to brush at least twice a day, floss once, and rinse with a fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash.

Call us today to schedule your next appointment. Dr. Keuning and Dr. Riley serve patients from Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, North Palm Beach, Tequesta, and beyond.

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