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Women's Health - Oral Health Care Considerations

  • Be aware of and address complications associated with diseases and conditions found more commonly in women, such as eating disorders, osteoporosis, and autoimmune disorders. These autoimmune disorders include thyroid disorders, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and Sjögren’s syndrome.
  • Be aware of possible increased risk for thrombo-embolic events in women who smoke while taking oral contraceptives.
  • Be aware that acute cardiovascular events, such as a myocardial infarction, may present with symptoms that are different than those experienced by men.
  • Be aware of increased gingival manifestations – inflammation, edema, enlargement, bleeding – during periods of hormonal changes.
  • Address oral changes associated with menopause.
  • Address specific concerns for the pregnant patient.

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