Women are more susceptible to oral health challenges as they approach menopause due to the changes in their hormones. Lower levels of estrogen, possibly more medications and other health issues can impact how their mouth looks and feels. It is important to stay alert to these changes and discuss them with your dentist.
Here are some common things to look out for:
Dry Mouth: With hormone changes and potentially more medications feeling that your mouth is dry is one of the most common issues mature women experience. This dryness is not just uncomfortable as it can make your mouth more prone to cavities, gum disease and other oral conditions.
Bone Loss: Many women develop osteoporosis as their estrogen declines with menopause. This not only puts them at risk for fractures throughout their body, but can diminish bone in the jaw that supports their teeth. Women with osteoporosis often have a higher risk of tooth loss.
Periodontal Gum Disease: Loss of hormones can impact the blood supply to your gums as well as change the environment in your mouth, making it more prone to gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that can cause tooth loss, other dental problems and even impact your overall health.
As we get older it is important to be even more alert to potential dental problems. Be sure to brush, floss, visit your dentist at recommended intervals and let her know of anything new you are experiencing in your mouth.
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