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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