Your Menstrual Cycle Affects Your Mouth. Period.

Essays and Instagram need more, but you could definitely pass on periods. There’s more to these monthly monsters than cramps and cravings—your smile can suffer too. From your first period to your last, here’s what menstrual cycles mean for your mouth:

Your Menstrual Cycle Affects Your Mouth. Period.

From your first period to your last, your smile can be affected by your menstrual cycle.


If your tween is about to start—as Cher from Clueless put it—“surfing the crimson wave,” she should expect red, tender and swollen gums. Puberty accelerates estrogen and progesterone production. This increases blood flow and changes how gum tissue reacts to plaque.

Every Period

Pre-period symptoms can bloat more than just your belly. Swollen gums are common during the days leading up to your period. This makes them prone to sensitivity and bleeding. Referred to as menstruation gingivitis, symptoms should calm down once your period begins.

Pro-Tip: Though cravings may tell you otherwise, forego fries and froyo for foods low in carbs and sugar. Sugar can irritate inflammation in your gums, breasts and belly.


Menopause is another workout for your hormones. As a result, menopausal and post-menopausal women report tooth sensitivity and altered taste perception. With estrogen levels decreasing, bones become weaker too. This isn’t exclusive to arms and legs. Bone loss can shrink the jaw, affecting how dentures fit.

No matter what kind of cycle you experience every 30 days, stay on top of your smile.

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3 Responses to “Your Menstrual Cycle Affects Your Mouth. Period.”

  1. Deedee Lewis →
    01/03/2017 at 1:36 pm #

    I didn’t realize that pre-period symptoms included swollen and sensitive gums. It would make sense that if your pre-period symptoms affect the health of your gums, to talk to your dentist about some possible solutions for them. The dentist could recommend some treatment for your gums if the swelling and sensitivity become too bothersome for you.

  2. Mandy Ma
    01/23/2017 at 3:52 pm #

    Wow thats very interesting. Thank you for sharing. At 24 Horas Dentistas many of our customers are women and we are constantly providing unique information just like this.

    • Caroline Jacobson →
      01/24/2017 at 11:45 am #

      Glad you found this useful! Thanks for reading.

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