Beverly Hills Periodontist, Dr. Markzar, Warns about the Effects of Periodontal Disease on Women

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Beverly Hills, CA, May 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dr. Sam Markzar, Beverly Hills periodontist, warns women about the effects of periodontal disease on their oral and general health. Women have an elevated risk for periodontal disease due to a variety of factors. As a result, it is important for them to take steps to maintain their oral health.

From the time they reach puberty, women have elevated levels of progesterone and estrogen. These hormones lead to an increased level of blood circulation in the mouth, particularly in gums. This increase in blood flow can make gum tissue more sensitive and more easily irritated by food particles and plaque. If these elements are not regularly cleared away by proper brushing and flossing, the gums can become red and inflamed, leading to a greater incidence of periodontal disease.

Many women are also at greater risk for periodontal disease during menstruation. These women experience inflamed red gums and sores inside the cheeks during menstruation. Often, this condition, called menstruation gingivitis, goes away after the woman's menstrual period has ended for the month. However, women who experience this condition should take special care of their gums before, during, and after their periods to prevent the menstruation gingivitis from developing into full blown periodontal disease.

When it comes to periodontal disease, pregnancy may present special risks for women as well. The increased levels of hormones may cause the gums to become more inflamed, putting these women at risk for developing periodontal disease. In addition, recent studies indicate that women who have periodontal disease may be more likely to have premature and low birth weight babies. As a result of these risks, the American Academy of Periodontology recommends that women considering pregnancy have a periodontal evaluation. Dr. Markzar, expert in dental implants in Beverly Hills, routinely provides these evaluations.

The elevated risk for developing periodontal disease does not end at menopause. Some women experience dry mouth and other effects as a result of lowered levels of estrogen. Dr. Markzar, Los Angeles periodontist, can help relieve these symptoms and safeguard against periodontal disease.

Dr. Markzar understands the special considerations that periodontal disease presents for women. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Markzar, Los Angeles dental implants dentist, contact Beverly Hills Periodontal Arts and Implants.

CONTACT: Beverly Hills Periodontal Arts and Implants Dr. Sam Markzar, DDS 8500 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #819 Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Phone: (310) 775-2100 Website:

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