Menopause and Oral Health: What You Need to Know

April 21, 2023

Menopause is a natural stage in a woman’s life when her menstrual cycle stops and her body goes through a number of changes. While most women are aware of the physical and emotional symptoms associated with menopause, few are aware of the possible dental issues that can arise during this time.

Here’s what you need to know about how menopause may affect your oral health:

Hormonal changes: During menopause, women experience a decline in estrogen levels, which can lead to a number of dental problems. Teeth and gums are extremely susceptible to any hormonal changes that occur just before menopause and hinders with the body’s ability to maintain a healthy balance of useful and harmful bacteria within the oral environment. Many women report changes in the way foods taste – some women notice a lingering metallic, bitter, or salty taste.

Dry mouth: Many women experience dry mouth during menopause, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Saliva helps wash away food particles and bacteria that can cause bad breath and tooth decay, so a dry mouth can increase the risk of these problems.

To prevent these dental problems, it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums during menopause. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, using a fluoride toothpaste, and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated. You should also see your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

In conclusion, menopause is a time of change, and it’s important to be aware of the possible dental issues that can arise during this time. By taking good care of your teeth and gums, seeing your dentist regularly, and seeking appropriate treatment when needed, you can maintain good oral health during menopause and beyond.

This article was published on 04-21-2023 in The Altamont Enterprise.