Monday, March 25, 2019

Hormones may affect your teeth - Menstruation Gingivitis


Hormones may affect your teeth

Menstruation Gingivitis

Hormonal imbalance may lead to several oral problems in women. Combat multiple issues with these tips... Women have special health requirements during each stage of hormonal development including puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause. Doctors state that it is important to maintain good dental hygiene habits during these phases, when hormonal changes take place in their body.

DURING PUBERTY: Dental surgeon Dr Shantanu Jaradi says, “During puberty, hormones like oestrogen and progesterone are at an all-time high causing blood vessels to dilate, which can disturb gums and cause bleeding, swelling and redness. It also increases the chance of gingivitis; the first stage of gum disease.” Also, at this age, girls generally tend to opt for processed or sugary foods, soda, etc, which translates to hormonal imbalances, triggering a decline in oral health, say doctors.

Professional cleaning with dental experts and good oral hygiene at home including brushing twice a day and flossing is recommended. In some cases, more than twice a year professional cleanings may be needed.

Holistic nutritionist and alternative medicine specialist Luke Coutinho says,

“For girls in their teens, it’s advisable to eat a healthy and balanced diet because the kind of food they eat determines long term health. If snacking on sweets is hard to resist, choose fruits or dry fruits. Beverages like cold coffees, smoothies and fruit juices must be replaced by coconut water, lemon water or fruit infusions.”

DURING MENSTRUATION (Menstruation Gingivitis)

 “During menstruation some women complain of bright red swollen gums, swollen salivary glands, and development of canker sores or bleeding gums in the days before their period,” says aesthetic dentist Dr Karishma Jaradi.

This takes place due to the changes in hormonal levels, mainly progesterone during the menstrual cycle. “A square or two of 85 per cent dark chocolate is a better option, but one must remember to rinse their mouth post that. Chances of acquiring gingivitis are high, so eating the right kind of foods is all the more important,” says Luke.

Doctor suggest raw garlic and onions are great to add to your diet because they are anti-microbial in nature. Gargling with a few drops of anti-bacterial oils like tea tree, clove, cinnamon, and eucalyptus is also beneficial.
Menstruation Gingivitis

PILLS AND HORMONAL IMBALANCE Use of birth control pills comprising progesterone can be another reason for imbalanced hormonal functioning.

“Women may experience inflamed gum tissues due to the body’s exaggerated reaction to the increase in the hormone production,” says Dr Karishma.

“Birth control pills also tend to kill the good bacteria in the gut and create holes in the intestinal mucosa, all collectively leading to poor gut health, constipation, flatulence and auto-immunity. A poor gut health in turn reflects on oral health increasing vulnerability to bad breath and tooth decay. Hence, a good probiotic and B complex supplement is advised if at all contraceptives are necessary,” says Luke.

Disclaimer: We took this health lifestyle article information from “The Time of India Newspaper”. All the rights of the above information goes to newspaper only and the author of the this article. We are sharing this information with our readers.

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