Women's Hormonal Changes Linked to Gum Disease
A recent review of women’s health studies has shown a link between women’s health issues and gum disease. Hormonal changes that women naturally go through such as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause have been shown to fluctuate women’s hormones so much so that they can change conditions in the mouth and allow bacteria to grow, enter the bloodstream, and intensify certain health issues such as bone loss, fetal death and pre-term birth.
The data from the study reviewed 61 journal articles with nearly 100 studies that helped the scientists determine that women’s hormonal changes do in fact have a relationship to gum disease and the other health issues named above. The message the researchers wanted to get across to women is that they need to be even more vigilant about maintaining good oral health to prevent or lessen the impact of these health-related issues.
Of particular interest in this research are women’s hormones during pregnancy. There is existing research that states that hormones can cause gum problems during pregnancy and women who are attempting to get pregnant or are pregnant need to be extra cautious about the state of their dental health. There was a time when women were discouraged from visiting the dentist while pregnant but this study shows evidence that a dental cleaning and examination before or during pregnancy is now recommended.
Gum disease is caused by the accumulation of bacterial plaque on the teeth and under the gums. Left untreated for extended periods of time, it can cause inflammation which can release harmful and toxic byproducts into the bloodstream. These toxins can result in tooth loss, bad breath, bloody gums, bone erosion in addition to the multitude of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and pregnancy problems.
Restorative dentist Chris Hill of City Smiles is actively seeking a U.S. veteran who is in need of advanced dental treatments as part of his affiliation with the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (ACE) “A Soldier’s Smile” charity. The charity is being presented by ACE with the help of marketing agency Results, Production & Marketing (RPM) and celebrity Montel Williams. Together the dentists, marketing agency and campaign spokesperson (Williams) will be doing their part to find and help veterans who are in need of life-changing dental care treatments.
Once a veteran in the St. Louis-area is found they will be placed under the care of Dr. Hill and his highly trained restorative and cosmetic dentistry team. They will then coordinate a treatment plan for the veteran that will help them restore both their oral health and smile. The procedures used may include but are not limited to orthodontics, dental bonding, crowns or implants, periodontal therapy, or TMJ treatments. The A Soldier’s Smile charity is seeking veterans who are in dire need of dental care services and whose lives are affected by their poor dental condition. Dr. Hill notes “We are excited to help a veteran improve their quality of life beginning with a new smile. Our practice has always given back to the community but the charity gives us a chance to give back to the men and women who give so much but ask for so little in return.”
The VA is also working closely with ACE and RPM to find troops who may be ineligible for dental care through the hospital or who are limited by financial restraints. The A Soldier’s Smile charity will be providing the dental services completely free of cost and their story may be shared with America on national television. Montel Williams and RPM are working to get the events televised and to bring attention to the cause so that others businesses and individuals will give back to our veterans the way the ACE dentists are exemplifying.
To learn more about Dr. Hill and his St. Louis practice visit his at http://www.citysmilesstlouis.com/contact his office directly at 314-272-3046. To learn more about the A Soldier’s Smile charity visit www.acedentalresource.com/soldiers-smile/ or submit your story regarding a veteran in need to RPM owner Rustin Savarese at email@example.com.