The healthier your mouth and gums are, the more likely you are to be healthy overall. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems although there is no conclusive research showing that severe gum disease raises a risk of heart disease.
Many women have special oral health needs and considerations since hormonal fluctuations can have a surprisingly strong influence on the oral cavity. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, and use of contraceptive medications all influence women’s oral health.