The human body is quite the intricate and complex structure. It’s hard to determine just exactly what our bodies will experience from day to day, but one thing’s for sure…knowledge is power!
If you’ve never heard of menstruation gingivitis, you aren’t alone. “Menstruation gingivitis an inflammation of the gums that typically begins just before a woman’s period and goes away once her period starts. A surge in the female hormones estrogen and progesterone causes an increase in blood flow to the gums, and a decrease in the way that we can fight off plaque and other toxins,” says Dr. Rosser. Plaque build-up irritates the gums, which become tender, swollen, and red, and some women see blood while they’re flossing or brushing their teeth. They may also develop sores on the insides of their cheeks. These symptoms tend to strike before menstruation and during pregnancy. There are a few other times in a woman’s life when she might develop periodontal problems due to changing hormones: during puberty, after menopause, and if she takes oral contraceptives (especially progesterone-only pills), says Dr. Rosser. While the hormonal changes don’t cause gum disease, they can exacerbate any symptoms that you already have.”
If you ever feel unsure about something with your body do your research and then consult with a medical practitioner as soon as you can. When it comes to your oral health, make sure to always keep your teeth and gums in top shape by maintaining them at home and regularly visiting your Ottawa dentist.