How Menopause Affects Your Oral Health

best dentists in BedfordHormonal changes throughout life can impact a female’s oral health. Certain life cycles influence the amount of estrogen and progesterone the body has at its disposal. Fluctuations in these hormones can lead to conditions such as dry mouth, but when a woman matures into the menopausal cycle, the decrease in these hormones becomes permanent leading to the potential for bone loss. Guidance from our best dentists can help with these life changes.

Hormone replacement can do much to help ease the physical manifestations of menopause; however, dentally we have been advised to be aware that this therapy does carry certain risks (although very minimal for the majority of patients) so always check with your dentist before entering into any of these medications.

Menopause signifies the end of the reproductive cycle of a woman’s life. With this change, the body now must adjust and prepare for the potential for bone loss. While doctors stress the importance of bone loss in the spine, hips, and other major parts of the body that support our ability to walk upright and perform daily functions, your dentist’s concerns about bone loss are just as important. Loss of bone in the jaw can lead to premature tooth loss.

Other dental concerns as we age include periodontal disease, gum recession, and tooth loss. Your dentist recommends the same oral hygiene regimen as a mature adult that we have always employed:

  1. Brush at least twice per day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel. Do not use a hard bristle tooth brush or apply too much pressure while brushing. This can lead to premature gum recession and unnecessary wear and tear to dental enamel.
  2. Floss daily to remove debris not reached by your tooth brush between teeth and around the gums. Daily flossing also is invigorating for the gum tissue.
  3. See your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam. Teeth will look their best and any oral problems can be dealt with before they have a chance to escalate.
  4. Do not smoke or use tobacco products of any kind.
  5. Limit sugary snacks and beverages. Continue to eat healthy fruits and vegetables as the predominant foods consumed every day.
  6. Get sufficient rest and fluids.

These guidelines will help promote the best oral dentition before, during, and after menopause. Consult with any of our top dentists to learn more about dental health during all cycles of life.