The Effects of Menopause on Your Teeth

Every significant change in hormone levels has an effect on the gums and on the other nearby tissues that support the teeth. However, the hormonal changes of menopause affect the gum health of women more permanently than the hormonal changes of puberty, menstruation or pregnancy.Research reveals that more than 25 percent of post-menopausal women are at risk of losing teeth and they may be at an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Because of this increased risk of dental problems, it is essential that women become informed on how to keep their smile healthy and bright. While many women experience tooth loss, periodontal disease, dry mouth, changes in saliva, an altered sense of taste as well as an increased sensitivity to hot and cold, fortunately, most dental issues do not happen overnight. How your teeth and gums respond to age depends, in part, on how well you have cared for them over the years. You may be able to minimize your risk of tooth loss during and after menopause by maintaining excellent dental hygiene. Brushing after meals with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily and eating a balanced diet can keep your teeth and gums healthier. Visiting your dentist twice a year can help you stay on top of any dental problems and can alert you to issues early when treatment is most effective. A healthy diet is essential to providing your teeth and gums with the nutrients they need to stay healthy. I will be hosting the Red Hot Mamas program, “Dental Pause,”on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Portneuf Medical Center. We will discuss ways to minimize tooth problems and how hormones and aging can affect your smile. The free seminar will be held in the Pebble Creek Auditorium. Doors open at 6pm and the presentation will begin at 6:30. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. To learn more about upcoming events and seminars at PMC, like PMC on Facebook. If you or a loved one is experience oral health problems and are in need of a specialist, please feel free to contact my office.