A number of scholarly articles report that female dental hygiene differs to the male counterpart because of the difference in hormone balance throughout life. Expectantly, oral hygiene should change based on each stage of a woman’s life, i.e. puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. In each of these unique stages, hormones make a woman’s gums more sensitive to plaque. In Colgate Oral Care article “Women’s Oral Health and Overall Health”, they stress that “at these times, women need to be especially thorough when brushing and flossing every day in order to prevent gum disease”. During these times it is important to watch out for bleeding, soreness, swelling, or burning–in some cases they may just be caused by the hormones, however with prolonged symptoms you should consult a dentist. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Call us at 1-855-466-3327.