Factors That Impact Women's Periodontal Health


  • Puberty- When going through puberty there is a higher level of sex hormones causing an increase of blood circulation to the gums.As a result the gums may be more sensitive and become irritated more easily.They may also become swollen, red and inflamed.

  • Menstruation- Some women will experience what is called menstruation gingivitis.This condition may cause red and swollen gums as well as bleeding gums and possible sores on the inside of the cheeks.It will typically occur right before the period and will start to clear up once she has started her period.

  • Pregnancy- Pregnant women may be at a higher risk of periodontal disease.This may cause them to have a baby born early and small.It is recommended that women considering pregnancy have a periodontal evaluation.

  • Menopause and Post-Menopause- Women during this time in life may experience some changes to the mouth.They may experience some discomfort in the mouth such as dry mouth, burning feeling in the gum tissue and possibly an altered taste such as sour, salty or peppery.There is also a small percentage of women that experience menopausal gingivostomatitis in which the gums appear to look dry or shiny and bleed easily. The gums range from really pale to deep red in color.Women that use estrogen supplements may help relieve these symptoms.



Douglas C. Wendt Jr., D.D.S.

For over 30 years now, it has been my pleasure to provide quality periodontal and implant dentistry to the Tampa community.  Our goal has always been, and will continue to be, dedication and a commitment to excellence. My education to become a periodontist started when I attended Virginia Tech where I received (2) Bachelor degrees, one in International Relations and the other in Biology.


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