The Effects of Pregnancy and Birth Control on Gum Disease
The effects of dental bacterial plaque biofilm are especially apparent in some pregnant women during their first trimester. This condition known as pregnancy gingivitis even occurs in women who are not pregnant but take certain birth control medications. The reason these women experience this issue is typically the same for both categories. The increased elevation of female hormones (estrogen), causes blood vessel changes in their gums making them more susceptible to the effects of bacteria. The good news is that good oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups and cleanings are the best method for discovering and treating these problems. Learn more about this topic that literally affects millions of women in “Pregnancy & Birth Control.”
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