Womens Health

Pregnancy | Osteoporosis | Facial Changes | Dry Mouth | Links to Women’s Health


Pregnancy is very special time. You’ll want to think about taking good care of yourself and getting your babys life off to a healthy start. Your oral health is an important part of your overall health, and good oral health habits not only help prevent oral problems during pregnancy, they also affect the health of your unborn child.

During pregnancy, there is a special need for good oral hygiene because pregnancy may exaggerate some dental disorders. Many people believe that a tooth is lost for every pregnancy. This is not true. Teeth are lost as a result of tooth decay or periodontal disease not pregnancy.

Eating habits usually change during pregnancy and women may be more susceptible to gingivitis because of increased hormone levels. Strict observance of good oral hygiene, regular professional cleanings and a balanced diet can insure that you keep all your permanent teeth.

X-rays are important tools we use to help detect dental caries and other oral health problems. Only the X-rays that are necessary for treatment will be taken. The amount of radiation produced from our digital X-rays is very minute (90% less that conventional dental X-rays) and the beam is limited to a small region of the face. The use of lead aprons gives you additional protection.

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Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which bones are thin and weakened. The first sign of osteoporosis may be when a bone breaks. Risk factors that a person can change include diet, inactivity, smoking, use of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, whiskey, etc.), hormone levels, and being underweight. Increasing calcium and vitamin D in the diet, exercising, limiting alcohol use, quitting smoking, and certain medications may help prevent osteoporosis.

Researchers have suggested that a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw. Studies suggest that osteoporosis may lead to tooth loss because the density of the bone that supports the teeth may be decreased, which means the teeth no longer have a solid foundation. However, hormone replacement therapy or medications such as Fosamax may offer some protection. If you have taken medications for osteoporosis or osteopenia such as Actonel, Fosamax, or any other bisphosphante you must inform your dentist.

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Facial Changes

Facial changes occur naturally as we age and lose tonicity in our facial muscles. When the teeth are lost or worn down, facial aging accelerates. The loss of teeth or tooth structure can add 10 or more years to a persons face. This change is a result of a decrease in face height or vertical dimension. This results in several facial changes. The decrease in the angle next to the lips and deepening of vertical lines on the lips create a harsher appearance. As the vertical bone loss progressively and rapidly increases, the bite relationship deteriorates.

As a result, the chin rotates forward and gives a poorer facial appearance. These conditions result in a decrease in the angle at the corner of the lips, and the patient appears unhappy when the mouth is at rest.

These esthetic changes can be minimized through advanced dental procedures. Call our office today for an evaluation of your individual needs.

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Dry Mouth

There are many medical conditions that can contribute to dry mouth or xerostomia. Medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, diuretics, and hundreds of other medications list dry mouth as a possible side effect.

The effect of dry mouth on your oral health can be very significant. Without adequate saliva to lubricate your mouth, wash away food, and neutralize the acids produced by plaque, extensive cavities can form. Bad Breath is common with dry mouth.

If you suffer from dry mouth it is extremely important that you receive regular professional cleanings and oral examinations. Some products that can help are: Biotene and Oralbalance (Laclede Research Laboratories), Xero-Lube (Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals), Saliva Substitute (Roxanne Laboratories).

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