The Role Hormones Play in Your Dental Health

Hormones are natural chemicals that regulate bodily functions. Your pituitary gland, for example, releases hormones that tell your body how fast to grow. Other hormones affect fertility or glucose levels in your blood.

The hormone levels in your body are directly related to your body’s inflammatory response to disease and infection. As I’ve talked about before, inflammation is the root of all dental health problems.

As an experienced dentist, I want to educate you on the critical role hormones play in your dental health and the dangers of hormone imbalances.

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Hormones are a signaling mechanism that affects your body’s inflammatory processes. Hormone imbalances and the resulting inflammatory responses can cause oral bacteria to grow like they are on steroids!

Common Ways Hormones Hurt Dental Health

Pregnancy Gingivitis

During pregnancy, hormone levels can become very imbalanced. This imbalance contributes to a common condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. Increased hormonal levels lead to more blood flow to the gums, resulting in gums that:

  • Are swollen and tender
  • Bleed easily
  • Are more prone to infection

With early attention, pregnancy gingivitis can be treated non-invasively. But if ignored, more advanced gum disease treatments may be required.

Low Testosterone & Gum Disease

Recent studies show a clear connection between low testosterone and chronic periodontitis (gum disease). This insidious link can lead to even more serious ailments including:

  • Heart disease
  • ALS
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Osteoporosis

Adrenal Fatigue

Infection and disease place stress on the body. In response, your adrenal glands produce “stress hormones”. Over time, chronic conditions like gum disease and tooth decay can lead to adrenal fatigue. Your body is simply too overwhelmed to maintain a proper and healthy balance of hormones.

Adrenal fatigue can lead to gut issues, like leaky gut syndrome where bacteria spread more easily throughout the body. This leads to more stress, more hormonal imbalances, and more health problems.

Treating your dental health issues is key to maintaining hormonal balance and optimizing your whole body health.

Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid issues affect millions of men and women. Common symptoms may include:

  • Cold sensitivity
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Unexplained weight changes

The dental health effects can be profound, including:

  • Dry mouth
  • Swollen tongue
  • Poor sense of taste
  • Gum disease

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Dr. Nammy Patel and her team at Green Dentistry in Downtown San Francisco, California, provide quality dentistry with a holistic approach. They offer their patients exceptional care and service in cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign treatment, laser dentistry, sleep apnea treatment, general holistic dentistry and so much more. They even offer sedation dentistry to their patients. They serve patients throughout the Bay Area. SF Green Dentist is in walking distance from Downtown, the Financial District and zip codes 94108, 94109, 94103, 94104 and 94133.