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LADIES: MENSTRUATING AND TEETHBRUSHING

Recently, I was strolling through Flipboard when I saw a headline about oral health from Refinery29. I clicked on it, naturally, and nothing was new to me until Slide 8. "Gasp." On that slide I read that menstruation affects oral health. OK, so maybe not gasp worthy, but it was curious news to me. So, I investigated and am sharing my findings with you lovely lady, (and interested gentleman,) Bogobrushers.

it's a fact

 

Hormonal changes associated with women's menstruation can cause inflammation and soreness in the gums.* This is technically called menstruation gingivitis.

 

On the face of it, that fact doesn't seem too serious. However, if you're not a vigilant teeth-brusher and flosser, the bacteria that live between your gums and your teeth can get further trapped when your gums get inflamed. And, as you've likely heard before, trapped bacteria leads to infection, and infection in your gums can lead to nasty things like heart disease and bone loss.

What can you do?

Certainly, brush and floss every day. And keep your toothbrush fresh so the bristles are at their best for you and your mouth. (*cough*...subscribe to Bogobrush for fresh brushes without hassle. *cough*) ;)

Assuming your brushing and flossing habits are good, maybe take a bit of additional advice from Susan Karabin, D.D.S., a past president of the American Academy of Periodontology, **

"Although it's always important to maintain healthy oral habits, try to be even more diligent about brushing twice a day and flossing daily right before your period to keep your gums as clean as possible."

yay, periods.

So, there you have it. Slide 8 was right. And, perhaps, we're all a bit wiser for it.

Cheers!

- Heather, co-founder/ceo of Bogobrush

 Heather McDougall ceo Bogobrush

* In 2012, a smart gal named Charlene Krejci, along with some other smart folks, conducted a study on this while she was associate clinical professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine.

** Women's Health Magazine wrote an article with an interview of Dr. Karabin here. 



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