The importance of women’s oral health

By Kingston Beach Dental

WOMEN’S oral health is the focus of Dental Health Week 2016, which runs from 1-7 August 2016.

The initiative will give the Australian Dental Association (ADA) the opportunity to raise awareness of how hormones at different stages of a woman’s life can significantly impact on the health of teeth, gums and mouths.

The ADA has reported that findings from a recent survey indicate that many women are unaware of the significant impact that major life events like pregnancy, puberty, menstruation and menopause have on their oral health.

Throughout Dental Health Week, Kingston Beach Dental will be encouraging women to put themselves first and take a more proactive and preventative approach to their dental health.

Puberty is a time of significant emotional and physical changes.

Hormonal changes increase the blood supply to the gums and, in turn, increase sensitivity to plaque, which means food particles may be more irritating.

Red, swollen and bleeding gums in teenage girls are signs of puberty gingivitis.

Eating a balanced diet, drinking water, practicing good brushing and flossing habits, as well as having six monthly check-ups and cleans, are the simplest ways to prevent progression to more serious forms of gingivitis.

Despite 54 per cent of women believing that pregnancy has no effect upon their dental health, a visit to your dentist should be as much of a priority as visiting a GP and obstetrician.

Unusual and sweet food cravings during pregnancy, combined with morning sickness, can create a hostile oral environment, which can increase the risk of tooth decay.

Brushing within an hour of vomiting can cause more damage to teeth by stripping away the enamel.

Instead of brushing, the ADA advises rinsing the mouth with a quarter teaspoon of baking soda mixed into one cup of warm water, chewing sugar-free gum or eating an acid-neutralising food such as milk or hard cheese.

As women age there is a pronounced decline in hormone levels.

The oral health effects include inflamed gums, burning sensations, altered taste sensations and a dry mouth.

Many medications that are taken as people age for conditions such as osteoporosis can have an impact on your oral health.

It is really important to advise your dentist of any medications you are taking as it will help in the diagnosis and treatment of dental issues you may be experiencing.

At Kingston Beach Dental, our caring team of experienced practitioners can cater for your oral health requirements, regardless of your stage in life.

It is really important for your overall wellbeing to have regular preventative dental visits.

Our female dentist, Dr Shilpa Oberai, has returned from maternity leave and fully understands the oral health requirements during pregnancy, as well as the importance of making time for your own dental health care once your baby is born.

Our oral health therapist, Hannah Colantoni, has excellent rapport with all her patients and is particularly adept at giving brushing and flossing instructions and dietary advice to teenagers and young adults.

Our male dentists, Dr Martyn Sweet and Dr Dhruv Oberai, both have a calm and reassuring manner, which complements their considerable experience in helping our female patients look after their oral health.

If it has been a while since you visited the dentist, call Kingston Beach Dental on 6229 6775 to make an appointment.

Male patients are, of course, also welcome and encouraged to book in for their oral health care needs.

Caption: Kingston Beach Dental dentist Dr Shilpa Oberai and her daughter Ria.

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