Issues Paper - Women and Oral Health

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Issues Paper - Women and Oral Health

Women’s Health Victoria’s latest issues paper provides a comprehensive overview of the issues affecting women’s oral health, examining how sex and gender differences can influence oral health risk factors, conditions and ways of using health care. In particular: 

  • Women have higher rates of decayed, filled or missing teeth due to tooth decay
  • Hormone changes during puberty, menstruation, menopause and particularly pregnancy, can increase risk of gum disease and tooth decay
  • Women are more likely to experience dental erosion due to eating disorders
  • Women may suffer head, face and neck injuries and dental neglect arising from family violence
  • Women are more likely than men to report experiencing financial barriers or hardship related to visiting a dentist and over a third delay dental care due to cost

Given the limited amount of research in this area, this paper also identifies gaps where more research is needed.

Click here for the full paper, executive summary and fact sheet