This weekend, America will celebrate Fathers with barbecues, pool parties, and baseball games. And while June brings Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month, we need to take a moment to review some important new findings about women. Recent dental research shows that women actually need to take better care of their teeth than men. Why? Hormones.

Hormones Influence Dental Health

In the journal Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry, a study by scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine reviewed extensive research about hormone-influenced health conditions in women. We’ve known for many years that during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, women are at higher risk for developing gum disease. Other research shows that many more women than men brush and floss daily. Generally, females tend to take their oral healthcare more seriously than their male counterparts, but they have good reason.

Gum Disease and Women’s Health

Women undergoing life phases characterized by significant hormone fluctuations should visit the dentist often. Gum disease can actually increase an expecting mother’s risk for pre-term and low-weight birth. Women who have osteoporosis (bone degeneration) should also attend frequent checkups. Bone deterioration in the jaw leads to tooth loss, and gum disease only exacerbates the problem. In addition to potential pregnancy complications and tooth loss, gum disease is also linked to heightened risk for heart disease (the number-one killer of women), Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, respiratory conditions, and many other serious systemic health problems.

At Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, women will find the special care they need for achieving and maintaining good oral health. Our general dentists and specialists, including periodontists, provide expert care, education, and advice to help women deter gum disease and other dental health problems. To schedule your visit at Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, call 951-397-6800 today. Our Moreno Valley, CA dentist office serves families from Sycamore Canyon, Canyon Springs, Mission Grove, and surrounding communities.