Hormones and Oral Health
As many women know, changes in hormonal levels as they age present many challenges. Hormones send chemical messages that trigger certain body systems and functions. The signals control different systems, including blood pressure, blood sugar, emotional well-being, growth and development, metabolism, reproductive systems, libido, and sleep regulation, just to name a few.
Changes in hormone levels affect the signals and how the signals are received (the body’s responses to the signals). Hormonal changes definitely affect the blood supply to women’s gum tissue, and hormones also affect infection response to oral health toxins.
According to the National Library of Medicine: “Changes in sex hormones can accelerate the progression of gum disease and bone loss. As the sex hormones decrease, the sensitivity of interacting cells and growth regulators increases, which disrupts the typical reaction to infection and inflammation. The responsive changes then speed up the bone mass and density loss in the jaw and bone.”