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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 18  |  Page : 722-727

Womens oral health in todays times - A forgotten issue in dentistry


1 Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India
3 P.G. Student, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru, India

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N Vanishree
Professor, Dept. of Public Health Dentistry, The Oxford Dental College, Bengaluru
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Women may be more susceptible to oral health problems because of the unique hormonal changes they experience. Hormones not only affect the blood supply to the gum tissue, but also the body's response to the toxins (poisons) that result from plaque build up. As a result of these changes, women are more prone to the development of periodontal disease at certain stages of their lives as well as to other oral health problems. Women's oral health depends on their different stages of life. For many women, these changes are directly related to surges in sex-hormone levels, such as in puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause. Women are also more likely to be diagnosed with TMJ, myofacial pain and eating disorders. Together, a patient and his or her dentist can create a treatment and prevention plan that specifically meets their needs


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