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Periodontal Dentistry

Hormones and Periodontal Disease

Woman Examining PillWomen of all ages are prone to changing levels of progesterone in the body. And progesterone—especially when you are pregnant or taking oral contraceptives—causes some bacteria to grow in awesome numbers. Unfortunately, the bacteria associated with gum disease are among them.

Are you taking progesterone medication? Tell us if these ring a bell: Provera, Amen, Cycrin, Norlutate, Norinyl, Otho-Novum, Ovral, Triphasil—among many others. In the face of such drugs, an existing periodontal problem may worsen, or the disease can develop suddenly in apparently healthy tissue. Even the slightest gum infection can blossom into full-blown periodontitis. It is a time to watch your medications very carefully, and keep on top of gum disease with regular check-ups here.

The early signs of disease are deceptive. You may notice redness, bleeding o swelling, but you probably won’t experience any pain. Don’t let your body fool you. If you’re pregnant or taking hormone medication, a periodontal exam is the only way to detect problems. We’re here to keep those pearly whites perfect in spite of raging hormones.

Just by virtue of being a woman, you are at higher risk for gum disease than the ordinary guy on the street. Not fair, but true.

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