During last week’s Women’s Health Week (2-6 September), the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) took the opportunity to encourage women to make seeing their dentist a priority.
Dental health is often overlooked, however poor dental health can have a huge effect on women’s overall health.
It is important for women to see their dentist at least once per year not only for check-ups but to also learn about how to protect their teeth and gums during periods of hormonal change in various life stages such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
“There are many myths surrounding dental work during pregnancy with some of our research indicating that over half of women surveyed avoided a visit to the dentist during pregnancy,” ADAVB president Dr Gitika Sanghvi said.
“It is very important to visit the dentist during pregnancy, as hormone changes can make gums more prone to bleeding, swelling and inflammation.
“Women going through menopause should also make time for regular dental visits,” Dr Sanghvi added.
“Dry mouth and gum disease are common ageing and menopausal-related dental health issues. These can better managed or avoided through regular visits to your dentist and by following your dentist’s advice.”