From the Academy of General Dentistry SmileLine Online:
Women's Dental Health
Why is Oral Health Important for Women?
Women's oral health depends on their different stages of life. For many women, these changes are directly related to surges in sex-hormone levels, such as in puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause. Women are also more likely to be diagnosed with TMJ, myofascial pain, eating disorders and Sjögren's syndrome (which causes dry mouth). As a woman, you need to adhere to good oral hygiene. Find out how!
How Does Pregnancy Affect My Oral Health?
It's a myth that calcium is lost from a mother's teeth and "one tooth is lost with every pregnancy." But you may experience some changes in your oral health during pregnancy. The primary changes are due to a surge in hormones – particularly an increase in estrogen and progesterone –- can exaggerate the way gum tissues react to plaque. If the plaque isn't removed, it can cause gingivitis – red, swollen, tender gums that are more likely to bleed. Find out how to keep teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy!