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How do I care for my mouth during the menopause?

by Evesham Dental, on 2nd November 2018 | Comments Off on How do I care for my mouth during the menopause?

As if hot flushes, night sweats, loss of libido and mood swings weren’t enough to contend with, our female patients will get even hotter under the collar to learn that the menopause can also affect the health of their mouth. Our Evesham dentists are sorry to be the bearers of bad news!

Women can expect the menopause to take place between the ages of 45 to 55 and it officially starts 12 months after their last period.

A fortunate few experience none of the more annoying symptoms and one day their periods just stop.

For others it can take 10 to 15 years in the peri-menopausal stage, where their bodies gradually reduce producing oestrogen and progesterone hormones.

Women often face this cycle of their lives not really having a clue what to expect – it seems to treat us all slightly differently.

Dental health problems

Changes in hormone levels can affect the way in which our bodies fight infection, produce saliva, maintain a healthy balance of bacteria and plaque production. This can lead to an increased risk of mouth ulcers, painful gums, tooth decay and gum disease.

Some of the most commonly reported complaints include oral discomfort, altered taste, a burning sensation in the mouth, a persistently dry mouth and bad breath. However, the correct prevention and a good control of bacterial plaque can help reduce many of these issues.

Dentists and hygienists are often the first people to notice changes in women’s mouths and we are ideally placed to flag up any concerns and help provide extra care and attention during this time.

Do you have any concerns?

If you have noticed changes in your mouth, Evesham Dental Health Team on Broadway Road encourages you contact us or to book an appointment with our hygiene team.

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