Throughout a woman’s life, hormonal fluctuations put her at higher risk for various oral health complications like gum disease and tooth loss. The estrogen levels in the body drop during menopause, which is a natural part of aging for women, and as a result women approaching or going through menopause need to be aware of the negative effects that menopause has on their oral health in order to learn how to counteract them.
Gingivitis, or gum disease, is the most common problem that menopausal women encounter because the changes that dropping estrogen levels cause in the mouth create the perfect conditions for developing gum disease. Research shows that estrogen levels affect the gums, salivary glands, joins, and jawbones. As a result, the mouth gets drier without proper production of saliva, the weakened gums are easily infected without the saliva to routinely clean the mouth, and, in extreme cases, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
It is important to recognize the symptoms of gum disease early so that action can be quickly taken to prevent further development of the infection. Symptoms include:
Gum pain or burning
Pus between the gums and teeth
Gum disease is not inevitable. If you take care of your teeth diligently and regularly, it is possible to keep your oral health in good shape. Here are some tips for preventing gum problems:
Brush twice a day
Floss once day
Professionally clean your teeth every six months
Be transparent about all your dental and oral health problems with your dentist, even if you don’t think it’s “that big of a deal.”
Manage your stress
Eat a more balanced diet
If you have any further questions or would like to set up an appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.