Everyone is susceptible to periodontal disease (PD), particularly if you don’t take good care of your teeth and gums. However, this disease can affect women in more serious ways at different times throughout their life. In addition to causing inflamed gums, chronic periodontal disease has been linked to an increase in heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain cancers (head, neck, esophageal, oral, lung, and pancreas).
Hormonal changes in women can increase the sensitivity of gums, which makes it easier for PD to take hold. Girls going through puberty, pregnant women, and women going through menopause should pay close attention to any discomfort in their teeth or gums. A recent study has shown a possible link between PD in post-menopausal women and the development of breast cancer.
The best way to fight PD and the gingivitis that leads to it is to maintain a healthy brushing and flossing practice. Brush twice a day with a soft bristle brush and floss twice daily, making sure to get between every tooth. Hard brushing can cause gum recession over time, so make sure you brush lightly. If your gums are so inflamed that you think you may have crossed the line from gingivitis into periodontal disease, give us a call right away to make an appointment at 207-773-6331.