Menstrual cycle comes with its own set of symptoms and physical conditions every month that are hard to withstand some times. There are some common symptoms like cramps, soreness in the breasts, an aching back and thighs, mood swings, fatigue and so on. But, have you ever wondered why does your mouth feel dry or gums get puffy around and during periods sometimes? Well, most of you would reason it with your abrupt cravings for sweets especially chocolates or other unhealthy foods that you think tampers with your oral health. Whereas the truth is, it is the menstruation itself that makes your mouth suffer.
Studies have shown that the ups and downs in your hormones leave a huge impact on your oral health and menstruation has to be the time period when you endure exorbitant hormonal fluctuations along with puberty and pregnancy.
Here’s what you can do –
Go for a cleaning session
Going for a dental cleaning once in a while regardless of periods is always a wise choice as it helps you get your oral hygiene tested and deal with the problem areas. During a dental cleaning, your dentist will perform a test on your overall oral health and then treat the problem areas as needed. The best time to schedule a session is the week after your period.
Focus on brushing and flossing
Both brushing and flossing are important to maintain a good oral health again regardless of periods. Brushing should be done twice a day for a minimum of two minutes and flossing once a day. These help you prevent the plaque build-up and also remove the food particles between your teeth. If you cannot spare time for both of these throughout the month, you should not miss the week before your periods if you do not want your mouth to give you a tough time.
If you are contemplating an oral surgery like filling of a cavity or tugging of a tooth, you must choose the days right after your periods. You should pick a time when you won’t be bleeding at all as your hormones are lower at that time making your gums less sensitive. Note: Make sure you take good care of your oral health throughout and a little extra during menstruation.