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As a woman, should I worry about my oral health?

Peggy Rosen
Dentist
As a woman, you shouldn't worry about your dental health but you should take good care of your dental health. That way there is nothing for you to worry about. Follow these guides for healthy teeth and gums:
  1. Be selective in your diets. Avoiding the carbohydrate containing foods or highly processed, sugar containing foods such as candy, cake, corn syrup, fruit juice, soft drink, white rice, bread and pasta made from white flour and most packaged cereals. Eat whole food, vegetable and fruits.
  2. Learn how to brush your teeth properly with soft bristle tooth brush and maintain regular cleaning after eating by flossing. Ask your hygienist to demonstrate the proper way to clean your teeth if you are not certain of your own method.
  3. Include water-pik into your cleaning routine. 
  4. Visit your dentist every 6 months for examination and cleaning even if you don't think you have any problem. The dentist can find hidden problems and prevent it from developing into a big problem.
  5. Avoid chewing on ice, hard candies, bone or other hard object.
  6. Avoid carbonated beverages.
  7. Stop smoking, using drugs or alcohol
Rita Medwid
Dentist
No need to worry. You are too busy taking care of everyone else to worry about yourself. But, you need to look after your own health needs, even though you may not think you have time to do so. The ups and downs of life, the stress, and hormones fluctuating can cause anything from pregnancy gingivitis to dry mouth syndrome. The key is to floss, brush, eat a balanced meal and take time to sleep, take time to relax. Don't forget to see your dentist.
Everyone should practice good oral hygiene but sometimes women have special oral health needs and considerations. Hormonal fluctuations have a surprisingly strong influence on the mouth and many women have special needs at different stages of life. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause can all influence oral health. During these times, your body experiences hormonal changes. By understanding these changes, you can practice good oral health habits that can keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Practice good oral hygiene by always brushing your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, replacing your toothbrush every three or four months, and by eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks.
Oral health should be a top priority for everyone, regardless of age or gender. However, women are more likely to develop certain health problems affecting the teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth. Doctors believe that hormone changes and other differences in female biology explain why women are more likely to develop the following conditions:
  • gingivitis during puberty and pregnancy
  • cold sores and canker sores during menstruation
  • dry mouth during pregnancy
  • gum disease, taste changes, and other oral health problems during menopause
None of these oral health problems are inevitable for women. Practicing good oral hygiene -- brushing and flossing daily, as well as regular visits to the dentist -- can help keep your mouth healthy.
Everyone needs to take care of their oral health. But female hormones can lead to an increase in some problems, such as:
  • Cold sores and canker sores
  • Dry mouth
  • Changes in taste
  • Higher risk of gum disease
Taking good care of your teeth and gums can help you avoid or lessen oral health problems.

This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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