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How Medications Can Alter How You Fight Gum Disease


Posted on 8/23/2021 by Martin Periodontics
How Medications Can Alter How You Fight Gum DiseaseDifferent medications can affect how you fight against gum disease, one of them being the birth control medication. Apart from affecting mood and wealth, various birth control medicines can also affect your oral health. Therefore, those on these types of medications can experience longer and persistent gum disease compared to those that aren't. Here is how different birth control medications can alter how you fight gum disease.

How Contraceptives Affect Fight Against Gum Disease


Contraceptives are made of hormones that help prevent fertility. As a result, those that take these medications experience high levels of hormonal changes. The changes can lead to a high risk of oral health problems, interfering with the blood supply received by gum tissues. It also affects the body's response to toxins created during plaque build-up. According to research, women that take contraceptives that containing progesterone tend to experience gum problems. This is mainly due to the fact that the body has a wild reaction to toxins created by plaque. Therefore, it is important to use birth control pills that have low concentrations of hormones. Such pills are less likely to cause gum inflammation or contribute to other oral conditions.

There is also a connection between contraceptives, temporomandibular joint disorders, and decreased natural estrogen. Various studies show that contraceptives, such as those for birth control, can significantly reduce the natural levels of estrogen, which contributes to TMJ. Furthermore, lowered levels of natural estrogen and the pressure exerted by TMJ disorders within the joint increase the chances of gum inflammation. This increases the risk of periodontitis in some people. Apart from contraceptives, there are many other medications that can affect how your body combats gum disease. Therefore, it is important to inform us and get the necessary advice before using such medications. Visit our offices for more information on how you can fight gum disease.
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