Periodontitis with Birth Control Pills

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.

2 Responses to "Periodontitis with Birth Control Pills"
  1. Aly says:

    I was not aware that taking birth control may effect ones gums. I wonder if it is only oral contraception that effects someones gums, because all of the contraception’s have different effects on the hormone levels in a woman’s body. I also am wondering if periodontal disease is a side effect that is presented on the side of the birth control box, just like the many other side effects that can happen to a woman. For those women who have taken the contraception for three years or more, is their anyway to further prevent the disease, anything extra, such as more mouth was, stop taking birth control, etc.

  2. Dr. Isaacson says:

    I would recommend a MyPerioPath and MyPerioID salivary diagnostic test, which is a brand new technology that hasn’t been available in the past. The test involves swishing with a mild salt solution for thirty seconds, virtually pain free! This simple test identifies the bacteria that lead to periodontal disease, as well as identify your susceptibility to periodontal infections.

    The MyPerioPath test with establish a baseline of your oral health, using this data we can create an appropriate soft tissue program for optimal health of your gums. We can repeat the test to see if your baseline is trending towards health or shifting toward disease. We hope that by seeing trends early, we can actually intervene at an early stage, and maybe limit future expense on expensive periodontal therpy and replacing teeth lost to periodontal disease.

    The MyPerioID actually looks at your DNA, to see how suscpetible you are to the destructive process of a periodontal infection, if you are postive for this test, we know we have have to treat your signs of periodontal disease more aggressively.

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