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Steps to Protect Oral Health by the Academy of Periodontology

Steps to Protect Oral Health

Careful periodontal monitoring and excellent oral hygiene is especially important for women who may be noticing changes in their mouths during times of hormonal fluctuation. To help ensure good oral (and overall) health, be sure to:

  • See a dental professional for cleaning at least twice a year.
  • Problems may include:
    • Bleeding gums during brushing
    • Red, swollen or tender gums
    • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
    • Persistent bad breath
    • Pus between the teeth and gums
    • Loose or separating teeth
    • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
    • A change in the fit of your dentures
  • Keep your dental professionals informed about any medications you are taking and any changes in your health history.
  • Brush and floss properly every day. Review your techniques with a dental professional.