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The Best Treatments For Hormonal Gingivitis

 The Best Treatments For Hormonal Gingivitis

Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of gingivitis and gum disease, but you might be surprised to learn that your hormones can also put you at risk.

With an office in The Woodlands, Texas, Scott Young, DDS, provides dental services for the greater Houston region, including the communities of Highland Village, West University, River Oaks, Rice Village, and Memorial.

What is hormonal gingivitis?

Poor oral hygiene is one of the leading causes of gingivitis and gum disease, but it’s not the only one. Hormonal fluctuations during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause can make women’s gums more sensitive due to increased blood flow according to the American Academy of Periodontology.

While you can’t always control your hormones, there are steps that you can take to protect your teeth and gums from gingivitis and advanced gum disease.

The best treatments for hormonal gingivitis

In some cases, hormonal gingivitis symptoms resolve once your hormone levels return to normal during menstruation or pregnancy, for example. 

However, it’s always best to schedule a dental exam if you have any concerns ornotice new symptoms of gingivitis, such as bleeding, inflamed, or irritated gums.

Signs and symptoms of gingivitis

Bad breath, sensitivity, and bright red or darker gums are also symptoms of gingivitis. When caught and treated early, gingivitis usually doesn’t cause lasting damage and can be reversed. 

Since gum disease worsens over time, ignoring gingivitis symptoms can permanently damage your gums and eventually progress to advanced periodontitis and tooth loss.

Eat for your oral health

A healthy, nutrient-rich diet is also crucial for good oral health and preventing gum disease.

Focus on your oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene and a healthy diet are the best defense and treatment for gingivitis, especially if you’re at risk for hormonal gingivitis. Brush your teeth 2-3 times daily, and floss every day to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup.

Schedule an appointment for a dental exam and professional cleaning every six months to monitor your gums and prevent gingivitis from worsening.

If you have any concerns about gingivitis and your oral health, Dr. Young and our team can recommend an oral health plan and treatment options.

Poorly fitting dental appliances or restorations that irritate your gums can also make you more susceptible to gingivitis and gum disease. Replacing damaged or poorly fitting restorations like crowns or dentures will also improve your oral health and protect your gums.

For more information about protecting yourself from gingivitis and gum disease and the available treatment options, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in The Woodlands, Texas.

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