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Michael Czubiak, DDS
Eric Shapiro, DDS
Beata Pezeshki, DDS   

 

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Why is it important that women are concerned with their oral health?
For many women, oral health changes throughout the different stages of their life, due to surges in hormonal levels. During these times a woman's body doesn't fight off the effects of bacteria in the mouth as effectively. The dentist here at Camarillo Smiles may request to see a patient more frequently if they see that the gums are not healthy during hormonal surges.Gum disease tends to run in my family. What's the best way to prevent and treat it?
To prevent periodontal disease, dentists recommend the basics to all their patients: Brush at least twice a day, and floss once a day to remove plaque. Most people should see a dentist twice a year. Because of family history, some women may need to brush and see their dentist more often. There are also new medications that help fight gum disease. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration approved an oral drug, Periostat, which may improve tooth attachment and stop tissue destruction. Another product, Atridox (an antibiotic), is applied to the gums by the hygienist. These medications are to be used in conjunction with our therapeutic gum disease treatments, such as scaling and root planing.What problems occur for girls during puberty?
The surge in hormones that occurs during puberty may cause swollen gums, especially during menstruation. This can be minimized by increasing the effectiveness of their at home daily oral hygiene. Herpes-type lesions and ulcers also can develop. They also may experience sensitive gums that react more to irritants.What gum problems may occur during menstruation?
Women may experience red, swollen, tender gums (gingivitis) a few days prior to their menstrual period because of increased levels of progesterone in their bodies. These changes occur because of an exaggerated gingival (gum) response to bacterial plaque and generally resolve toward the end of the menstrual period or shortly thereafter. To combat these symptoms, we may recommend that we see you a bit more often for more frequent cleanings. Fastidious home care, and possibly an anti-microbial mouthrinse or special toothpaste can also really help.Can women develop cold sores related to the menstruation cycle?
Yes, a few days before menstruation begins, some women may experience an activation of cold sores (herpes labialis). These sores occur on the lips and usually heal by themselves within 10 to 14 days. We can prescribe a topical medication for treatment or use a laser for treatment to speed the healing process.How does pregnancy affect a woman's oral health?
Pregnancy brings a change in hormones, especially increased levels of estrogen and progesterone, which are linked to plaque buildup on teeth. Plaque that is not removed can cause gingivitis and swollen gums that are tender and prone to bleed. Most pregnant women experience gingivitis to some degree, but it doesn't usually surface until the second trimester.

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