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How Gender Impacts Dental Health

Hormonal changes can have an effect on your oral health, and this is especially true for people that are assigned female at birth (AFAB). Here, our Richmond Hill dentists explain more. 

Hormones and Oral Health 

Hormones can affect every aspect of your physical health, and your oral health is no exception. Here are a few times your hormones may impact your oral health:


It’s not uncommon for pubescent AFAB people to suffer swollen gums during puberty. This is due, in part, because estrogen and progesterone increase blood flow, which can lead to gum redness or bleeding when brushing or flossing your teeth. If you notice redness around your tooth line, it might be a sign of developing periodontal disease, so make sure to schedule an appointment with our Richmond Hill dental clinic!


AFAB people who have menstrual cycles should be aware of the effects it can have on gum health. Some of these include sore gums and canker sores. The hormonal changes that happen when menstruation begins also increase the chances for cavities or bad breath due to a dry mouth.


Pregnancy is an exciting time for expecting parents, but it’s important to pay attention to your dental care during this time too. Poor oral health can lead to premature births and gestational diabetes, among various other complications.

Gingivitis or periodontal disease during pregnancy will affect up to half of pregnant people, thanks largely in part due to hormonal changes that increase the risk tremendously. Preventative check-ups at Arenson Dental & Associates are a key factor throughout your pregnancy. We’ll answer all your questions and help you keep your mouth clean!


As AFAB people enter this stage of hormonal changes, they will find themselves with an estrogen decrease. This loss of estrogen can lead to osteoporosis and a weakening jawbone. This can result in tooth loss or the need for replacement teeth later on. Check-ups at our dental office in Richmond Hill can help catch potential issues early on and address them accordingly.

Everyone should visit the dentist, even if they have a healthy diet and brush their teeth twice every day, but there are certain times during which it is especially important for AFAB people. It’s important to find an oral hygiene clinic that you can trust with cleaning and check-ups. 

Contact Arenson Dental & Associates today to book an appointment. We're happy to help you learn more about these changes and what to expect through each stage of life.

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