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How menopause affects your oral health?

Menopause it’s a stage in life when women stop having periods. It usually occurs naturally, often after the age of 45. Menopause occurs because ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone hormones. This causes a series of changes in women’s organisms that leads to develop some oral health problems associated with this stage in life.

 

Consequences of menopause in the oral cavity

1. Gingivitis

2. Dry mouth

3. Burning mouth syndrome

4. Thinning of oral mucosa

5. Cavities

6. Tooth decay

7. Periodontitis and bone loss

 

 

Provided that menopause is an inevitable stage in a woman’s life, it’s in our hands to reduce part of such consequences by following certain health care routines. To make this happen, we offer you these advice:

 

- Have a good oral hygiene routine that includes brushing after every meal, as well as flossing and mouth rinsing.

 

-Use a toothpaste with a low abrasive index so that it doesn’t hurt your gums and choose toothbrushes with soft bristles to protect the enamel.

 

-Visit your dental clinic at least once a year so that the specialist performs appropriate examinations so that he can notice possible warning signs.

 

-Go to your dentist or hygienist at least once a year so that he performs a prophylaxis or a professional dental cleaning.

 

- Avoid tobacco, especially in cases of dry mouth or burning mouth syndrome.

 

-Eat food rich in calcium and vitamin A, C and E, that will fortify bones as well as skin and mucous.

 

- Drink lots of water and, in those cases of dry mouth, try using moisturizing sprays or mouthwashes.

 

As we have mentioned before, these recommendations correspond to healthy oral care habits that, although may be carried out during menopause, it’s also very advisable to keep up with them at every stage in life.

Did you come up with any doubt as regards this subject? We look forward to your visit, our team of experts will be pleased to help you.

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Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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