At every stage of life, your smile is confronted with unique oral health issues, and you need to know the risks that accompany every age and know how to address them head on. Women in menopause already have a wide range of health concerns to worry about, and now, they will, unfortunately, need to add potential oral health issues to the mix. A study in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine reports that hormonal changes that occur during menopause may adversely impact oral health. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the ways hormonal changes impact your oral health and how your dentist can help you keep your smile whole and healthy.
Changes in Hormone Levels
For menopausal women, low hormone levels Increase risk for numerous concerns, including oral health issues like gum disease, dry mouth, and tooth loss. In the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine study, those patients who did not undergo hormone replacement were twice as likely to experience advanced stage gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss. To prevent these issues, skilled dentists will need to work with your physicians to ensure both hormonal changes and the oral health concerns that may occur as a result.
Treatment for Oral Health Concerns Linked to Menopause
Before any oral health concerns can occur, a preventive dentist can partner with you to keep your smile healthy during menopause. You may need to make changes to your at-home hygiene routine or visit the dentist more often for professional teeth cleanings. For those patients who are suffering from menopause-related oral health issues, your dentist will want to begin treatments in partnership with your physician at the earliest stages. Treatment for dry mouth and gum disease in conjunction with hormone replacement treatments can significantly decrease your risk for more serious oral health concerns like tooth loss. However, for those patients who have lost teeth, we offer state-of-the-art dental implant supported tooth replacement solutions that closely mimic your natural, healthy smile.
Meet the Legacy Dental Group Team
At Legacy Dental Group of Canton, we partner with patients of all ages to keep their smiles whole and healthy at every stage of life. If you’re experiencing the hormonal fluctuations that accompany menopause that may be affecting your oral health, please don’t hesitate to talk to us. We’re always here to help you with all of your dental care needs. Give our Canton dentist and dentistry team a call to find out more or schedule a dental checkup today. We look forward to partnering with you to keep your smile healthy for life.