What Do Your Hormones Have To Do With Your Oral Health? 

Hormones play a significant role in regulating various physiological processes in the body, including those related to oral health. 

Fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, can influence the health of the gums, teeth, and oral tissues. Here's how hormones can impact oral health: 

Puberty: During puberty, hormonal changes can affect the oral cavity, leading to increased blood flow to the gums and heightened sensitivity to dental plaque.  

Puberty may also coincide with the onset of orthodontic issues, such as malocclusion or misalignment of the teeth, due to changes in jaw growth and development. 

Menstruation: Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle can lead to changes in the oral environment, including increased blood flow to the gums, swollen or tender gums, and an increased risk of gingivitis (gum inflammation). 

Some women may experience menstrual gingivitis, a temporary condition characterized by gum inflammation and bleeding that occurs in conjunction with menstruation. 

Pregnancy: Pregnancy is associated with significant hormonal changes, including increased levels of estrogen and progesterone, which can affect the oral cavity in several ways.  

Pregnant women may be more susceptible to gingivitis, gum inflammation, and gum disease due to hormonal changes and increased blood flow to the gums.  

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