Gum disease can affect any patient at any age. However, women are exposed to several major hormonal shifts throughout life that could put them at a higher risk for developing gingivitis or periodontal disease. Hormonal changes can affect the health of your teeth and gums, and during pregnancy could affect the health of your baby. Sandy Springs, GA dentist Dr. Maria Benefield offers comprehensive oral health care to help prevent or treat oral health concerns affecting women during certain stages of life.
Connecting Women & Oral Health
Gum health is a hugely overlooked aspect of total oral health. Your gums are a key part of building a stable and healthy oral foundation. If you are pubescent, pregnant, or going through menopause you are more susceptible to developing gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that spreads through your gums with the potential of infecting your blood stream. Once in your bloodstream, gum disease has been linked to a range of serious systemic health problems.
Gum disease has been linked to an increased risk of:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory problems
Recent studies suggest that women are more susceptible to the adversary effects of untreated gum disease and should take preventative measures to maintain their oral health. Twice daily brushing, thorough flossing, and biannual dental cleanings and checkups can help maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
Family dentist Dr. Benefield provides dental care to women during all stages of development. While pregnant, Dr. Benefield recommends scheduling regular dental checkups to ensure the health of your gums. Studies show a link between pregnancy gingivitis and low pregnancy weights. A healthy diet and diligent oral hygiene can help keep your smile healthy.
Schedule A Consultation
Biannual visits to our Sandy Springs dentist office can help keep your smile functional, healthy and beautiful. Every visit will include a thorough oral health exam and Dr. Benefield will exam your teeth, gums and neck area. Enjoy the benefits of your best oral health and schedule a consultation with Dr. Benefield.