Generation of Smiles - August 2022

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The Puzzling Ways Hormonal Changes Affect Oral Health Special partnership with March of Dimes® The Riddle of the Sphinx plays on the “three stages” of a man’s life, asking “What walks on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the evening?” The answer, famously, is “a man,” as he crawls on all fours as a baby, walks on two legs as an adult and uses a cane in old age. Cute riddle, Sphinx. But if you want a real puzzle, consider the hormonal shifts of a woman. As researchers learn more about The Mouth-Body Connection®, they increasingly uncover ways in which physical health can affect oral health. This leaves women with unique challenges1, as hormonal shifts over the course of a woman’s life present changing risks for gingivitis, bone loss and more.