Tooth care is the same for everyone, right? Not quite. Many patients are surprised to find that children and women have special physiological considerations when it comes to their oral health.

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Special Dental Considerations for Women & Children

Children and women have special physiological considerations when it comes to their oral health. For children, this means addressing the components of fear and emotion that can make visiting the dentist a frightening experience.

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Children are innocent, sweet, inquisitive and often scared of the unknown. That’s why we adapt to each child’s needs and try to make their visits special and less “scary”.

From the moment teeth begin to show in a child’s mouth, it’s important that parents take the responsibility of maintaining their oral health. With an adult's supervision, proper brushing and diet can often prevent early stage cavities that are difficult to fill in the very young. By the age of 2.5- 3 years, most children should be seen by a dentist to check for cavities and any other dental problems that may be fulminating. Parents should constantly try to scan their children’s teeth for dark spots, holes and listen if children complain of hot, cold, sweet sensitivity and/or pain.

Our goal is to ensure that your child has a positive dental experience from their very first visit and on. From the reception area to the treatment room, we strive to provide a positive experience for your children while offering compassionate, gentle and educational treatment. Our hygienists interact well with kids and are not just “tooth cleaners”. At each appointment we will assess your child’s needs and be ready to review preventive and nutritional concerns that you may have that affect your child’s oral and systemic health. We are confident that our team will earn you and your child’s trust.

Dentistry for Women
There is a need to recognize that women not only face different challenges than men from a health perspective, but that the many roles they take on leaves them with little time to care for themselves.

Throughout a woman’s life, there are many more challenges they will face than a man simply due to hormonal differences. Here is a brief synopsis that can be found at www.perio.org of the specific dental issues that may arise throughout the stages of a woman’s life.

Puberty
During puberty, an increased level of sex hormones, such as progesterone and possibly estrogen, causes increased blood circulation to the gums. This may cause an increase in the gum’s sensitivity and lead to a greater reaction to any irritation, including food particles and plaque. During this time, the gums may become swollen, turn red and feel tender.

As a young woman progresses through puberty, the tendency for her gums to swell in response to irritants will lessen. However, during puberty, it is important to follow a good at-home oral hygiene regimen, including regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental care. In some cases, a dental professional may recommend periodontal therapy to help prevent damage to the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth.

Menstruation
Occasionally, some women experience menstruation gingivitis. Women with this condition may experience bleeding gums, bright red and swollen gums and sores on the inside of the cheek. Menstruation gingivitis typically occurs right before a woman’s period and clears up once her period has started.

Pregnancy
Women may experience increased gingivitis or pregnancy gingivitis beginning in the second or third month of pregnancy that increases in severity throughout the eighth month. During this time, some women may notice swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gum tissue.

In some cases, gums swollen by pregnancy gingivitis can react strongly to irritants and form large lumps. These growths, called pregnancy tumours, are not cancerous and are generally painless. If the tumour persists, it may require removal by a periodontist.

Studies have shown a relationship between periodontal disease and pre-term, low-birth-weight babies. Any infection, including periodontal infection, is cause for concern during pregnancy. In fact, pregnant women who have periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small! If you are planning to become pregnant, be sure to include a periodontal evaluation as part of your prenatal care.

Menopause & Post-Menopause
Women who are menopausal or post-menopausal may experience changes in their mouths. They may notice discomfort in the mouth, including dry mouth, pain and burning sensations in the gum tissue and altered taste, especially salty, peppery or sour.

In addition, menopausal gingivostomatitis affects a small percentage of women. Gums that look dry or shiny, bleed easily and range from abnormally pale to deep red mark this condition. Most women find that estrogen supplements help to relieve these symptoms.

Bone loss is associated with both periodontal disease and osteoporosis. Research is being done to determine whether the two are related. Women considering Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to help fight osteoporosis should note that this may help protect their teeth as well as other parts of the body.

Women who use oral contraceptives may be susceptible to the same oral health conditions that affect pregnant women. They may experience red, bleeding and swollen gums. Women who use oral contraceptives should know that taking drugs sometimes used to help treat periodontal disease, such as antibiotics, may lessen the effect of an oral contraceptive.

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