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Some people experience increased problems with bleeding gums and tooth loss during the onset of menopause.

Oral Health 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+.

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.