While research indicates that women are more likely to have cavities than men, females tend to have better overall dental health. Perhaps this is due to the fact that women are nearly twice as likely to have visited the dentist in the past year. As a result of this proactive approach to dental and periodontal care, women have lower rates of gum disease (due to more frequent professional cleanings) and also a higher percentage of retained permanent teeth than men. It seems that women have learned from experience that good oral hygiene and regular dental care are essential since changes in hormonal levels during pregnancy and menopause can raise their risk of gum disease and associated problems (tooth loss).
At West Brookfield Dental, we can recommend a personalized oral home care program to meet your specific needs. We’ll take the time to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. Please call us at 508.867.2777 to schedule an appointment at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield, where our friendly staff and relaxing environment will put you at ease.
P.S. Estrogen deficiency after menopause reduces bone mineral density, which can lead to bone loss that is associated with periodontal disease.