Teeth and Gum Health During Menopause
Menopause marks the end of the menstrual cycle for a woman. It is the start of hormone changes, and these changes can also have an impact on teeth and gum health, particularly through decreasing levels of estrogen.
– Low levels of estrogen can mean a dry mouth, which may increase risk of cavities.
– Gum disease can be worsened by menopause, so a dentist should be consulted as it is treatable.
– The alveolar bone supporting the teeth can become less dense, increasing risk of loose teeth.
“Dry mouth also affects tooth enamel. Saliva helps to protect our teeth from harmful acids and bacteria. When the mouth is dry, bacteria are more likely to attack and damage tooth enamel, which can lead to sensitive teeth and tooth decay.”
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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)
Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.