Monthly Archives: October 2014

Dental Issues Women can Experience as they Age

 

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Oral health goes way beyond having amazing white teeth and no cavities. Daily brushing and flossing although very important are not the only determination as to how well your teeth maintain over time. Sometimes, during various cycles in your life, especially for women, a little more work in needed.  Regular dental appointments play an important part in keeping your teeth and gums in good repair.  Your dentist can identify issues going on with your teeth or gums that may go unnoticed by you without their help.

For women specifically, oral health care needs to change at specific time during her lifespan. This is because, pregnancy, oral contraceptives, menopause, menstruation as well as other factors contribute to the change in hormones in a women’s body.  The female sex hormones at various states in a women’s life effects how her mouth responds to plaque. Without extra attention to brushing, flossing and dental cleanings during these fluctuations, plaque will build causing cavities and gum disease.

Did you know 1 out of every 4 women between the ages of 30-54 have been reported with periodontitis?  In addition, 1 out of every 2 women between the ages 55-90 are reported with periodontitis.  This number can dramatically decrease with help from your dentist.  Your dentist is aware of these fluctuations in your body chemistry and can advise you the best ways to compensate when your oral health is negatively responding to your body’s chemistry.

Why see your dentist during hormonal changes?

  • Menstruation– some women find their gums swell and bleed
  • Pregnancy– makes your mouth more susceptible to gingivitis
  • Using Oral Contraceptive– possible hormonal gingivitis
  • Menopause– hormonal changes can lead to periodontitis
  • Osteoporosis– Can lead to tooth loss

 

Glasscock Dental
430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

 Email:smile@glasscockdental.com
Business Hours
Monday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Every Other Week
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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What can your Mouth tell your Dentist?

  Information Your Mouth can Tell

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There are many reasons to visit your dentist but what is not commonly known is the story your mouth can provide to the overall health of your body. The condition of your teeth and especially your gums can be an alert system for potential health problems.  Your dentist is a big part of keeping you healthy. Regular check-ups are essential for keeping your gums, teeth and tongue in good repair but it could be an early detection of something else in your body needing to be addressed.

Common Syndromes your Mouth can Tell

Stressed Out– When you are nervous or stressed, your body creates higher levels of cortisol in the body.  Higher levels of cortisol are strongly associated with inflammation.  These elevated levels also makes it more difficult for your body to fight off an infection.  In turn, this can create sensitive teeth and gums. It also can contribute to gum disease.

Anemia–  Light pink pale gums can be a heads up to your dentist that you might be iron deficient.

Dry Mouth–  Certain antihistamines used for allergies as well as a list of drugs used to manage mental health issues can cause dry mouth.  A dry mouth can contribute to tooth decay.  To avoid this issue, your dentist can order sprays and saliva substitutes to help protect your teeth.

 

8430 Univ. Exec. Park Drive Suite 610
Charlotte, NC 28262
Telephone:

704-510-1150

 Email:smile@glasscockdental.com
Business Hours
Monday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. – Every Other Week
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed