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How To Combat Menstrual Gingivitis
Jun 2017
Dr Karishma Jaradi
Aesthetic Dentist, Dentzz Dental Care Centres

A woman’s body is a little more complex than that of a man’s, thus a woman needs to take extra care of herself at specific phases of her life. Since health needs of a woman are unique, a little more care and pampering is required. The hormonal changes that take place during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy etc. open ways and avenues for various health issues that are limited only to women. And these hormonal changes can affect many tissues, including the gum tissue.

Dental Problems Due To Hormonal Changes
Hormonal changes and oral health in women tend to be two sides of the same coin. Hence, menstruation gingivitis is a common oral problem that women experience. This problem occurs due to hormonal fluctuations during the course of menstruation or before.

As gingival tissues have lots of estrogenic receptors, its response to the hormonal changes is rapid. Those who maintain poor oral hygiene are more prone to oral disparities, because the bacterium which is already there in the oral cavity, multiplies and results in gingivitis (gum disease). Additionally, gingivitis can also make you fall prey to periodontitis (tooth mobility).

Understanding Menstrual Gingivitis
The surge in the production of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone that occurs during menstruation, increases the blood flow to the gums. In this process, the gum tissues become red, soft, swollen and tender, further leading to conditions like bad breath, bleeding gums, bleeding while brushing, gingival pain and discomfort while chewing hard foods.