June 27, 2021

Gum Health in Menopausal Women

During menopause, there is a drop in sex hormones.

We have sex hormone receptors in our salivary glands and our oral tissues-same as we have on our vaginal tissues :

Sounds crazy!!

So when we have a major drop in these hormone levels especially estrogen & progesterone, we can feel oral discomfort, if ignored or left untreated can implant our dental health & also mental health.

Note: these are the most common discomforts felt by menopausal women:

  1. Xerostomia: due to decrease in salivary flow there is increased occurrence of dental decay.
  2. Taste alterations: dysesthesia
  3. Loosening of teeth-due to osteoporotic jaws.
  4. Gum problems- Atropic gingivitis leading to severe gum diseases.
  5. Burning mouth syndrome-due to decline in Vitamin B12 .