Gum Disease Linked to Older Birth Control

September 20, 2012

A link between old birth control and gum disease suggests paying more attention to your oral health.

More Periodontitis with Birth Control Pills

Oral contraceptive use is linked to increased gingival inflammation due to an increase in the concentration of sex hormones in the gingival tissues. Newer formulations of oral contraceptives contain lower levels of hormones, however the number of years taking the drug may influence gingival conditions.

Clinical Implications: women taking oral contraceptives and smoking are at greater risk of periodontal disease and should be advised to pay careful attention to their daily oral hygiene.