Dental Health Week, is the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral heal promotion.
Its aim is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health in every aspect of their lives.
This year the focus is on woman !!
We are now realising the effects of hormones on the overall effects of our health, but have you ever thought about it in relation to dental health ?
Especially for woman who all throughout stages of their life are affected by hormonal disruptions and potential imbalances, internal imbalances can cause a whole host of health problems.
Major life events like pregnancy, puberty and menopause, as well as menstruation, dramatically affect the state of a woman’s dental health:
Increased production of estrogen and progesterone change the way gums react to plaque leading to more sensitivity, swelling and bleeding.
Some women experience bleeding, sores and ulcers in the lead-up to their period while others may develop temporary gingivitis.
The gums of some women may bleed more easily due to “pregnancy gingivitis” while vomiting from morning sickness can strip away more enamel from your teeth. This is why dentists should be on the list on health professionals that women consult during pregnancy.
Oral health effects including inflamed gums, burning sensations, altered taste sensations and dry mouth. Osteoporosis medications can affect healing after tooth extractions.
Throughout the course of Dental Health Week, women will be encouraged to take a more proactive and preventive approach to their dental health as they’re educated on the ways their teeth, gums and mouth are affected during each of the pivotal phases of their life.
And, of course, why they need to see their dentist regularly through every major stage of their life, a message that will be repeated throughout the campaign.