While hot flashes and mood swings may be the most recognizable symptoms of menopause, you should also be aware of other menopause-related issues, such as the following, that can affect your dental health:
Bone loss and osteoporosis—As a woman’s estrogen levels diminish, bones lose their density, often leading to osteoporosis—a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to fracture. This decline in bone density can extend to the mouth, altering the structure of the jawbone and ultimately leading to a loss of teeth.
Things you can do to be proactive about preventing bone loss and osteoporosis include: increasing your intake of calcium and vitamin D; performing weight-bearing exercises at least three times per week; and avoiding smoking and consuming large quantities of alcohol.
Inflamed and bleeding gums—Changes in hormones can cause discomfort in gums and make them more susceptible to bleeding. Be sure to tell Dr. Angell and our hygienists if you experience discomfort or bleeding in your gums. If treated early, the condition is reversible.
If you are experiencing menopause, be sure to schedule regular dental checkups and continue to practice good oral care with daily brushing and flossing. The staff at Angell’s Dentistry is always available to answer your questions about maintaining a healthy mouth during menopause. Give us a call at: (248) 362-4330.
If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.