Symptoms in Detail
Some people experience increased problems with bleeding gums and tooth loss during the onset of menopause.
What happens to our oral health?
Declining levels of estrogen has many effects in our bodies and one of the areas affected are the gums, teeth and overall oral health. Lowering estrogen levels can be the cause of bleeding and/or receding gums, dry mouth, weakened teeth and gingivitis. The taste buds can also experience change and cause you to crave sugar and sweet foods or make some food and drink taste highly sugary, salty or metallic.
Menopausal gingivostomatitis is a term used in dentistry to define shiny, reddened gums that bleed easily. This can also make you more sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks. If you experience a dry mouth (xerostomia) you may find eating and swallowing isn’t as easy as it was before.
What can you do to help ease this symptom?
More than ever a regular dental appointment is important to ensure your oral health is monitored. Floss regularly is a known gum disease preventative. Try and keep your estrogen levels as balanced as possible by taking 40+ or 55+.
Oral health. Did you know that gum disease is one of the 34 most common signs of the meno years? Just as the fluctuating hormones of pregnancy can send us on a trip to the dental chair, so too can the fluctuating hormonal activity of perimenopause/menopause. In fact, although it gets far less press than