In some patients using estrogen-containing oral contraceptives, tenderness, swelling, or bleeding of the gums may occur. Good dental hygiene as well as massaging your gums may help prevent this.
It has also been shown that these contraceptives can cause “”dry socket””, a healing problem, after a tooth has been removed. Women who take birth control pills or have teeth removed within the first 22 days of the menstrual cycle are twice as likely to develop dry socket after an extraction. It is best to have teeth removed during the last week of your menstrual cycle, when estrogen levels are low or inactive.
A study showed that women on birth control pills were more susceptible to postoperative pain and dry socket after having wisdom teeth removed. Researchers said this could suggest the pill lowers the pain threshold.


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