Maintaining Dental Health When Hormones Change with Contraception

Taking Oral Contraceptives

Swollen or bleeding gums commonly occur in women taking oral contraceptives. If your symptoms become uncomfortable enough to seek your dentist’s help, be sure to let her or him know specifically what medications you’re taking. Some antibiotics that dentists may prescribe for these symptoms actually decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. So communication with your dentist is key.