Mouth-Body Connection

Mouth-Body Connection

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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate

    Women who take birth control pills (oral contraceptives) may have more sensitive or inflamed gums, decreased flow of saliva, which can lead to dry mouth and bad breath, and dry socket if tooth extractions are needed. If a woman taking birth control pills gets a mouth infection, she needs to tell the dentist about her contraceptive use, because antibiotics used to treat the infection may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills.

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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate

    Birth control pills, or oral contraceptives, may increase inflammation of the gums. Past research, however, measured oral contraceptives that used much higher hormone doses, so it is possible that today's oral contraceptives may not have as much effect.

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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate

    Paget's disease is a rare disorder that causes abnormal development of the bones. The jawbones could be affected, and this could cause some oral health problems such as bite misalignment, jaw fractures, or tooth loss if teeth become loose. Bone deformities might occur, and bleeding could be a complication.

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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Young, adult, or elderly women with an overactive thyroid might be at increased risk for periodontal disease and other complications.

    Adults with an underactive thyroid might have problems with wound healing or differences in taste.
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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate

    Both men and women lose more teeth as they get older. The best ways to reduce the risk of tooth loss before and after menopause include practicing good oral care, effectively managing changes in hormone levels, and preventing the development of osteoporosis.

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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate

    Depression can lead to poor self-care, Women with depression are less likely to care for their oral health. Women with symptoms of depression should seek treatment from a qualified medical professional.

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    It is important to practice good oral health care hygiene, as your mouth is the window to your whole body. Not doing so can lead to oral health problems but also impacts your overall health. For example there is an association between gum disease and heart disease. 

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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate

    Some research has linked an increase of body fat with periodontal disease in young women. One theory is that the diets of some young women with obesity may include more non-citrus juices and soft drinks in place of milk or healthier drinks. This could be one reason why vitamin levels, including calcium, might be decreased. Low levels of vitamins C and calcium may increase the risk of periodontal disease.

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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate

    Vegetarians are at risk of not getting enough vitamin D or calcium, which might increase the risk of decay and periodontal disease. Vegetarians may have low calcium levels if they consume a lot of plant products that have phytic and oxalic acid, which can interfere with calcium absorption in the body. Although many vegetarian diets are nutritious, each person's diet patterns may be different. Talk to your doctor, dentist, or dietitian if you are concerned about your nutrient intake.

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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate

    Because women with lactose intolerance tend to stay away from dairy products, they may have low calcium levels. Low calcium could lead to inflammation of gum tissue and further oral health problems. To counteract this, women with this lactose intolerance should supplement their diet with calcium and eat calcium-rich foods. Another option for some women is to take some probiotic supplements that can help the digestion of dairy products.