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Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
Las Vegas, Nevada

Affectionate Dental Care
Henry H. Kim  D.D.S.,
F.I.C.O.I., F.M.I.I.I.


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Las Vegas, NV 89103
Tel: 702.876.3222
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Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dr. Henry Kim
Affectionate Dental Care

Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry

Oral Health Topics:
 

BRUSHING ROOT CANAL MOUTH RINSE INFECTION CONTROL TOOTHACHE BAD BREATH
FLOSSING DRY MOUTH DENTURE CARE WOMEN AND TEETH PREGNANCY ORAL PIERCING
SEALANTS GUM DISEASE FLUORIDE FACT DENTAL EMERGENCY TMJ PAIN COLD SORE
TOBACCO X-RAY MOUTH GUARD WISDOM TEETH BRUXISM  


Woman and Oral Health:

Why is Oral Health Important for Women?

 

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, myofascial pain, eating disorders and Sjögren's syndrome (which causes dry mouth).

 

What types of conditions will my dentist watch for?

 

As a woman, you need to adhere to good oral hygiene. Make sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and after each meal when possible, and floss thoroughly each day. To help avoid problems, your dentist may request to see you more frequently during stages of your life when hormone levels are changing. 

Bisphosphantes: Bisphosphonates are a class of drugs that inhibit the resorption or breakdown of bone tissue.

 Actonel, Aredia, Fosamax, and Zometa are some the most popular bisphosphonate drugs prescribed.

Bisphosphanates are used for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, multiple myeloma and other conditions that involve bone fragility. In the last 10 years, millions of patients have taken biphosphanates for the prevention of osteoporosis and bone thinning from cancer. Bisphosphantes once seemed safe, but lately concerns have been raised. Many women have been taking bisphosphantes thinking that these drugs were okay since their doctors probably did not caution them on potential risks.

However, bisphosphante use is now believed to be associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw. Osteonecrosis of the jaw is an uncommon complication, but it is estimated that among the 500,000 American cancer patients who take the drugs because their disease is affecting their bones, 1 to 10 percent may develop the problem. Some dentists are refusing to treat patients taking the drugs, fearful that the dental work will induce a case of osteonecrosis, and lawyers are lining up to sue the drugs' makers, saying they failed to give patients adequate warning.

Cancer patients, mostly those with multiple myeloma and breast cancer whose disease has spread to their bones, generally take one of two bisphosphonates, Zometa or the older Aredia, intravenously. Osteoporosis patients usually take bisphosphonates as pills, in much lower doses that patients with cancer. Those bisphosphanate drugs ?Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva ?reduce the risk of fractures of the spine or hip, injuries that can create a steady downward spiral in patients' condition.

At this time, it may be too early to know for certain how prevalent and serious are the risks from bisphophanates, including osteonecrosis, but if you are taking them, ask your doctor if you really need them and whether the risks are worth the potential benefits. In previous issues I mentioned that calcium supplements at 600 mg to 1200 mg a day are beneficial, and, of course, exercise and weight lifting are the most helpful.

Bisphosphantes have been linked to Osteonecrosis of the Jaw(ONJ). FDA informed dental healthcare professionals of revisions to the prescribing information to describe the occurrence of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) observed in cancer patients receiving treatment with the intravenous bisphosphonate, Aredia (pamidronate disodium). The letter also noted that patients should avoid invasive dental procedures while on the drug. Novartis first warned of the jaw ailment in September 2004 and made doctors and dentists aware of the side effect.

Talk to your Dentist if you are taking these drugs and get a proper advise on your Dental Treatments.

 
Puberty: The surge in hormones that occurs during puberty may cause swollen gums, especially during menstruation. Mouth sores also can develop. Girls may experience sensitive gums that react more to irritants.

Oral contraceptives: Oral contraceptives mimic pregnancy because they contain progesterone or estrogen. Therefore gingivitis may occur with long-term use. Women who use birth control pills are twice as likely to develop dry socket (a complication of tooth extraction) and should consult their dentist before scheduling major dental procedures. 

Pregnancy: Pregnant women have a risk for increased inflammation of the gums because of the surge in estrogen and progesterone. If irritating plaque isn't removed, it can cause gingivitis – red, swollen, tender gums that are more likely to bleed. In some cases, large lumps called pregnancy tumors – inflammatory, non-cancerous growths that develop when swollen gums react strongly to irritants. Usually these tumors shrink soon after the pregnancy is over. Women with periodontal disease may be at risk for preterm, low–birth-weight babies. If a women experiences morning sickness, it is important to neutralize the acid caused by vomiting, which causes tooth erosion. Patients can use a paste made of baking soda and water, rubbing it on the teeth. After 30 seconds, rinse off the paste, then brush and floss. If this is not possible, rinse with water.

Menopause: During menopause, some women can experience dry mouth, a burning sensation and changes in taste. Gums can become sore and sensitive.

Other factors: Diet pills and certain medications (over-the-counter and prescriptions) can decrease salivary flow, which puts patients at risk for cavities, gum disease and discomfort. Patients with eating disorders, such as bulimia (self-induced vomiting) can't hide their symptoms from their dentists because the episodes of binging and purging cause erosion on the backside of the upper front teeth. (An additional sign is sores that appear at the corners of the mouth.) Smoking also creates a higher risk for periodontal disease.

 

 
How will my dentist know if I have a problem?

 

Keep your dentist informed if you experience changes in your oral health or if you are approaching a different life stage. Also, visiting your dentist regularly will help him or her see any physical changes in your mouth. Your dentist should complete a thorough medical history to determine if you are at a higher risk for problems.

 


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