The Dental Woes of Women

Women come in all different shapes and sizes and regardless of their form oral hygiene is vital to the success of the female of the species. Thanks to the XX genetic markers, women have their own unique biological issues, health worries and conditions. This is true for every body part, including all the features that compose their smiles.

Once facial muscles are flexed, a smile is born. While it may simply look like teeth and gums, underneath a grin is an intricate network of enamel, pulp, dentin and many other dental anatomy components.  There are parts that  are gender specific that can put women in a multitude of dental problems.

TMJ Sufferers are 90% Female

While TMJ can  be caused by facial trauma or accidents,  the condition is closely linked to women in their childbearing years.  TMJ syndrome can cause discomfort in the jaw joints, facial muscles, facial nerves and surrounding tissues and there are several reasons why women are more prone to this condition.  Arthritis, hormone fluctuations, joint structure and a dietary deficiency of magnesium are all conditions more common in women.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Both men and women can experience the fiery sensation causes by burning mouth syndrome, however this condition is more common in menopausal women.  When monthly sequence of reproductive hormones comes to an end, women can experience side effects including hot flashes, weight gain, mood fluctuation and burning mouth syndrome. 

While burning sensation may be part of the condition, it is not the only symptom.  It can also be coupled with dry mouth,  soreness tingling, metallic taste and sleep difficulties.  Hormonal changes are thought to reduce the flow of otherwise healthy saliva production and dry mouth is a trigger for burning mouth syndrome.

Pregnancy gingivitis- this may occur in 50 percent of all pregnant women. If left untreated by a professional dentist it can develop  into a full blown periodontal (GUM) disease infection- this can enter the bloodstream and produce antibodies that can also cause premature labor, low birth rate and even miscarriages. Practicing good oral hygiene, brushing twice a day, flossing and regular dental exams and cleanings can help minimize the danger.