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01 September 2021
Women’s health: the menopause and dental health

The menopause, which normally affects women in their late 40s and early 50s, can be the cause of several health issues, including gum disease, due to a decrease in oestrogen levels.

Karen Coates, Oral Health Educator and Adviser for the Oral Health Foundation, explains: “Several significant changes occur in the body during the menopause and many have resulting symptoms which can have a substantial impact on a woman's life, so much so that oral health can at times feel like the least of their worries.

“Changes in oral health are common as teeth and gums become more susceptible to disease following a drop in oestrogen, resulting in heightened risk of inflammation, bleeding, pain and, ultimately, loose or missing teeth.”

In addition to gum disease and tooth loss, women undergoing menopause can also be at heightened risk of other oral health conditions such as dry mouth, Burning Mouth Syndrome and weakness in the jaw bone.

Helen Minnery, President of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, added, “While HRT prescribed by your doctor can offer women an opportunity to alleviate some painful symptoms, it is extremely important to continue maintaining a good oral health and hygiene routine during menopause.

“Brushing our teeth twice – last thing at night and at one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste – and reducing the amount of sugary foods and drinks we consume could make a significant difference in keeping any major problems at bay. Cleaning in between our teeth on a daily basis with interdental brushes or floss can also be of great benefit.“

Maintaining good oral hygiene throughout our lives is the best way to prevent the development of many oral health problems. It is important that we do not overlook the health of our mouth and remember, if you are in pain or discomfort please contact your dental practice. A visit to your therapist or dentist could really help you.”

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