Menopause brings a tremendous change in a woman’s body, including the health of her mouth. Several oral symptoms that a woman may encounter at this time in her life include:
The dry mouth that accompanies postmenopausal women can make them more susceptible to developing tooth decay, altered taste, bacterial infections in the mouth as well as discomfort when eating or talking. Menopausal gingivostomatitis (red, burning, raw gums) often appears as pale gums that are dry, shiny and bleed easily due to their fragile state. Some women also experience elevated stress or eating disorders, which damage the teeth.
Your dentist will want to take routine x-rays to monitor bone levels and screen for gum disease. Postmenopausal women are at an increased risk to develop gum disease and may have bone loss. Loss of bone may make dental implant treatment, extractions and denture therapy more difficult, so early detection is important. Osteoporosis contributes to loss of jaw bone, but some bisphosphonates used to treat osteoporosis may in rare situations also cause necrosis of the jaw bone. Routine radiographs at your dentist office will detect these conditions as early as possible.
In many cases, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be beneficial to prevent osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw and mouth, decreasing your risk for developing gum disease. The healthier the bone levels remain, the healthier your teeth and gums. Clinical studies have suggested that the use of HRT is associated with fewer dental treatment needs in postmenopausal women.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
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