As a woman, why do I have to worry about oral health?

You need to have good oral hygiene at all stages of your life. As a woman, your changing hormone levels during puberty, your monthly period, and menopause cause changes in your mouth. These hormone changes can cause:

  • frequent cold sores and canker sores
  • gingivitis during puberty
  • dry mouth (often also linked to using certain medicines)
  • changes in taste
  • increased risk of gum disease
  • bone weakness around menopause