Oral Contraceptive use is linked to increased gingival inflammation due to an increase in the concentration of sex hormones in the gingival tissue. Newer formulations of oral contraceptives contain lower level of hormones; however the number of years taking the drug may influence gingival conditions.
Women who smoke and are taking oral contraceptive, their risks of periodontal disease are nearly twice as high. Those taking oral contraceptives for more than 3 years also have a higher risk of the disease.
If you have any concerns or have any questions about your oral health, please call Point Family Dentistry & Orthodontics and Dr. Tim Isaacson can assist you.