3:05 pm - 04/17/2007

Menstruation and Teeth...

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great day!

Has anyone ever noticed a connection between their menstrual cycle and their wisdom teeth? For example, I find that during the week of my period (never at any other time), my wisdom teeth often poke through the gum and cause me a little bit of misery. 

Is this just a coincidence or is there actually a scientific explanation for this?

Thank you!!!!:)
meredithedwards 17th-Apr-2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
I never really connected the two, but now that you mention it, my wisdom teeth always bother me during the week of my period (and rarely bother me at any other time).

According to DentalGentleCare.com, estrogen increases circulation to gums, sometimes causing gums to swell. Maybe it's related?
real_bethy 17th-Apr-2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Could be!

I never thought about that.

Thank you!
rexallia 17th-Apr-2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Haha, I agree with you and the poster above! Mine seem to bother me too.
real_bethy 17th-Apr-2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
It's good to know that I'm not alone!
champchic 17th-Apr-2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
I don't get pain around my wisdom teeth (born without them), but I do get a lot of discomfort about my bridgework during my period. My dentist said it was the change of hormones that does it.
ex_birds977 17th-Apr-2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
whoawhoawhoa!! that explains why, seeing as i have rotten pms, my wisdom teeth are KILLING ME... my period is due in four days! holyshit.

**can see clearly now, the rain is gone**
violet_tigress1 17th-Apr-2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Not my wisdom teeth, but my teeth in general are more sensitive before & during my period.
vivalamusica 17th-Apr-2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, I NEVER put my annoying random mouth pain together with my period before. That's so cool!! Ya know...in a weird sort of way...
evilbecca 17th-Apr-2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
wow, this happened to me last week!!!
katydidnt98 17th-Apr-2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
Yep. My tooth problems are always at their worst in the week before my period starts. I think a little bit of it, though, is that I usually also have a weaker immune system that week, so minor mouth infections that I could normally fight off with my regular oral hygiene routine end up worsening for a few days.
barbieluvsken04 17th-Apr-2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Also.. a bit randomly.. if I pluck my eyebrows around the time my period starts, I'm more likely to bleed a little. Plus, I've heard that the threshold for pain is lower when you're menstruating.
dayglow 18th-Apr-2007 12:24 am (UTC)
That would explain why I was randomly bleeding when brushing my teeth yesterday (and I brush them well daily, especially after my root canal - do not want to need another one of those!!). My wisdom teeth bother me pretty much all the time cause I need them out hardcore, so I guess that's not much help. :P
loonylupinlover 18th-Apr-2007 02:31 am (UTC)
Yes, that's the only time I've ever been bothered by my wisdom teeth! I thought it was just me! My wisdom teeth have generally been quite good to me, and 2 of them are for sure descended all the way with little drama, but every couple of months on the week of my period they'd be sore and painful for a few days. I don't think they've bothered me since I've been on birth control, though.

A friend's mother's wisdom teeth seemed to be related to her hormones as well; she had one wisdom tooth descend for each pregnancy she went through. She only had three kids so she still has one undescended tooth.
otakuastra 18th-Apr-2007 07:47 am (UTC)
HOLY SHIT YOU'RE RIGHT!!!!!

Haha, I've known for a while that my canker sores are related to my periods, but somehow I NEVER made the wisdom tooth connection! I'm coming off my period and the pain from a few days ago is gone... wow, I can't believe I never noticed that! You seem to have sparked a revelation for a lot of us here, hehe ;) I really need to get mine taken out... *cringe*
snowmentality 18th-Apr-2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
I used to think that I had gotten licked by a werewolf or something, because I always seem to get canker sores, etc. from my teeth once a month. It's like my teeth are getting sharper. Except now, I suspect it's just that my mouth is getting more sensitive. (My wisdom teeth have been gone for years, so they're not an issue.)

Although being just slightly a werewolf would be cooler :)
prophetic 9th-Aug-2010 04:56 am (UTC)
As others have said: WOW, I never made this connection before, but it happens to me too.

I think it's more PMS-linked, that is, I get the wisdom teeth pain before my period starts, but still. I knew I got wisdom teeth pain periodically, but I *never* connected it with my period! Thanks so much for posting this!
kivunsotilas 23rd-May-2011 09:44 am (UTC)
I noticed that this happens to me too. Wonder what it is.
niciclarke 25th-Jun-2014 01:01 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the help. I know I need to have my wisdom teeth taken out but they only hurt me when my menstrual cycle is on. I really don't notice them any other time. This month my menstrual cycle came on early and my mouth hurt so bad I had a splitting headache, that's how I made the connection. The heavier my flow the worse they hurt. I kept procrastinating about having the surgery, but the way I feel this month these suckers are coming out as soon as possible!!!!! 😨
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