Women’s dental health is often neglected due to the fact that they are generally less likely to brush their teeth as regularly as men do. As a result, they can run into some serious dental problems in the future, with research suggesting that up to 55% of women have dental issues by the time they reach their fifties. With this in mind, it’s important that women know what problems can affect them and how to fix them in order to preserve their overall dental health throughout their lives. Here are 3 common dental problems affecting women and how to fix them.

Tooth Discoloration (Tetracycline)

Tetracycline is an antibiotic that can cause teeth to become discoloured. If you took tetracycline as a child, your teeth may be yellow, brown, or grey. There are a few ways to treat tooth discoloration. You can get your teeth professionally whitened, use at-home whitening kits, or try natural remedies. Whitening toothpaste also helps with this problem. Your dentist might recommend wearing a custom night guard if grinding and clenching of the teeth leads to cracked teeth or worn enamel on the front of the teeth.


Tooth Sensitivity (High Fluoride Intake)

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, especially for women. Fluoride is a mineral that helps protect your teeth from decay. However, too much fluoride can cause tooth sensitivity. If you think you have too much fluoride in your diet, talk to your dentist about ways to reduce it. One way to help with this issue is by wearing a custom night guard at night. These guards are made out of plastic or metal and are fitted by an orthodontist or dentist specifically for the patient’s mouth. They work by cushioning the top row of teeth while you sleep, so they don’t grind against each other during the night which will lead to less tooth wear on the top set of teeth.


Bad Breath (Sulphur Gases Produced by Bacteria in the Mouth)

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be embarrassing and tough to get rid of. The cause of bad breath is usually sulphur gases produced by bacteria in the mouth. To get rid of bad breath, you need to remove the bacteria that are causing it. This can be done by brushing your teeth, tongue, and gums; flossing; using a mouthwash; and drinking plenty of water. You should also avoid smoking and eating foods that cause bad breath, such as garlic and onions. If you have persistent bad breath, see your dentist to find out if there is an underlying medical condition causing it.