Colgate Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center

Innovative toothpastes to clean and brighten every type of smile.

Toothpastes

A toothbrush for every type of smile, designed with comfort and results in mind.

Toothbrushes

Colgate kids' products make brushing fun and encourage routine use.

Kids' Products

Oral care products available exclusively through dental professionals.

Products From the Dentist

Professional grade oral care, available without a prescription.

Other Oral Care

Every smile is unique and requires a different type of care. Colgate has a solution for every smile.

Search by Benefit
Font size

Women Face Special Problems with Gum Disease

Three of four adults are affected by periodontal disease — commonly known as gum disease — at some point in their lives. But did you know that women are particularly susceptible to this disease at certain stages of life?

Women who are already prone to gum disease may find the problem worsening during some stages of life due to hormonal changes that can affect the blood supply to the gums and exaggerate the body's response to irritation caused by plaque on the teeth. Specifically:

  • During menstruation, some women may experience swollen gums, lesions, canker sores, swollen salivary glands or bleeding gums. Your dentist may prescribe special cleanings, gum treatment or topical anesthetics to ease any discomfort.

  • A common problem for women who take oral contraceptives is inflamed gums. Tell your dentist if you are taking birth control pills because some medications the dentist might give you, such as antibiotics, can lessen the effect of an oral contraceptive.

  • Gingivitis may cause red, puffy or tender gums during pregnancy, especially during the second to eighth months, due to elevated hormone levels. Your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during your second trimester or early third trimester to help avoid these problems.

  • Physical changes that can occur in the mouth after reaching menopause include a burning sensation, altered taste sensations (salty, peppery or sour), dry mouth from decreased saliva flow and greater sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. Saliva substitutes may be prescribed to combat dry mouth.

For more information about gum disease, visit the American Dental Association Web site at "www.ada.org".

© 2003 American Dental Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction or republication is strictly prohibited without the prior written permission from the American Dental Association.

Related Articles

See Also:

Related Videos

How to Brush

How to Brush

Learn the technique recommended for the best cleaning.

Related Guides

Gum Disease Quiz

Gum Disease Quiz

How much do you really know about gum disease? Take our quiz and see.

Oral and Dental Health at Any Age Categories

ColgatePalmolive.com  |  Colgate.com  |  Legal/Privacy  |  Colgate.com Site Map  |  Contact Us
© Colgate-Palmolive Company. All rights reserved.
You are viewing the United States site.