Happy International Women’s Day! It’s a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
In 1852 women finally began practising Dentistry but it wasn’t until 1895 that the first licensed female dentist in Britain began to practise and her name was Lilian Lindsay. She subsequently joined the British Dental Association in November 1895 and then became the first woman to become a member.
At Y Bont Faen Dental Centre, we are proud that 60% of our dentists are female! !
How does a women’s oral health change throughout her life?
Although on average, women visit the dentist more often than men, women are more likely to experience sudden spikes in oral health issues. As only women experience more concentrated changes in their hormones, especially during pregnancy and menopause, there are a number of oral health issues which may surface at different stages of a woman’s life.
Some women find that their gums swell and bleed prior to their period, while some may experience cold sores and mouth ulcers. Thankfully these symptoms generally disappear once your period starts; however, it’s important to understand how these can be managed. Paying extra attention to brushing and flossing the week before your period can help to deter gum disease.
As your gums have a large amount of oestrogen receptors, they become prone to inflammation and sensitivity.
Although not every woman experiences pregnancy, it can have a huge effect on your oral health. Pregnant women are more likely to develop gingivitis due to pregnancy hormones affecting the way the gums react to plaque. This can then lead to periodontitis, which can cause loss of tissue and bone which holds the teeth firm. During pregnancy you can minimise your risks of oral health issues by brushing at least twice a day, maintaining a healthy diet, and ensuring you rinse your mouth with water if you’re unlucky enough to experience vomiting from morning sickness. It’s best to keep up your regular dental checks during this time too.
It’s never a welcome change but it’s inevitable that as you get older you will experience menopause. Along with other changes, your oral health can be negatively affected. These changes can include red or inflamed gums, oral pain and discomfort, burning sensations, altered taste sensations and a dry mouth.
How we can help
It is important for everyone to maintain regular examinations so problems can be caught early but even more important for women due to the reasons mentioned above. If you are overdue, book to see the team at Y Bont Faen Dental Centre by clicking here to contact us.