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Can birth control pills affect my oral health?

Birth control pills, a medication that contains hormones, particularly progesterone, can promote inflammation in the gingival tissues of the mouth. Newer contraceptives have smaller amounts of progesterone and may have a lesser affect, although it can still occur. Regular dental checkups are very important. You should tell your dentist if you are using oral contraceptives.

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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