Life is a series of big decisions for women, one of which is the decision of if and when to have children. At some point in their life, most women go through a phase where they must decide if they have to use birth control methods. Which birth control method to use is often hinged on evaluating a number of things including convenience, cost, and side effects, which got us wondering about the relationship between birth control and oral health.

All women go through stages in their life that involve changes with their hormones. Hormones impact body changes, mood, emotions, appetite, and a woman’s overall health.

These days, numerous birth control methods are available for women to choose from. All methods differ in side effects, but these side effects greatly have an impact on a women’s overall health including oral health. But how are oral health and birth control methods connected? Let us dig in!

Birth Control and Oral Health

Most forms of birth control methods include hormones, the first month is the most profound of months after ingesting the pill. Gum-disease like symptoms like bleeding gums or swollen gums can be noticed with large fluctuations with hormones. The gums become more sensitive and agitated when body goes through major hormonal fluctuations.

Women with Gingivitis (the early stage of gum disease) are contraindicated to take birth control pills since they are at a higher risk for gum disease when using hormone-based birth control.

Don’t forget to keep a healthy oral health, your mouth is the route to your internal organs

The healthier your oral hygiene is, the better chances you have of living a safe life. Your mouth is the route to your internal organ and major route of ingestion of harmful bacteria, viruses and germs. Make sure you keep your mouth and teeth clean at all times. Chew sugar-free gum between the meals, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Monthly dental checkups are also necessary to ensure you are going good oral health-wise.

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