As your body undergoes the drastic change of menopause, you’ll notice it affecting things that you never would have guessed it would. One of these is your oral health. The fluctuating hormonal changes as well as age bring about many changes in your mouth for women experiencing this phase of their life. Changes in your mouth may include gum disease, bleeding, bone loss, burning tissue, taste changes, and dry mouth. All of these combined together can cause problems like tooth loss if not addressed early on.
Bone loss not only affects the stability of your teeth, it also affects your jawbone. Your dentist may take a panoramic x-ray that screens for changes in the jawbone and surrounding structures. Loss of bone around the teeth may be a combination of both gum disease as well as from natural aging factors. Thankfully, proactive preventive care can keep your teeth stable and eliminate damage caused by gum disease, which is the primary reason adults lose their teeth. Regular dental cleanings remove calcified bacteria that contribute to bone loss and other things like bad breath.
Dry and burning mouth can make eating uncomfortable, and even lead to increased tooth decay. Even if you’ve never had problems with cavities before, you should be careful. Your dentist may recommend topical fluoride treatments after your cleanings as well as a home fluoride gel to keep teeth stronger, longer. They can also advise you how to battle symptoms of burning mouth syndrome. Not knowing how to effectively treat it can cause you to lose weight and even make things like dentures not fit well.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of menopause, it’s important to not skip your dental visits. See your dentist at least twice each year to ensure the best preventive care plan possible.
Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry
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