Menopause and your mouth

29 Jan 2012 | Advice

Some women do not notice anything at all, while others have all the symptoms and disconfort. You could describe menopause as a new beginning or a reset of your body. The interruption of the hormonal cycle brings changes in your whole body and also in your mouth.
Oral health is certainly influenced by the presence or absence of hormones and therefore the modifications and mutations can be multiple. Both hard and soft tissues will undergo a kind of remodelling which leaves them different from before.
We would like to note the following:

Osteoporosis

Bone is continuously remodeling, it is being absorbed and reformed dinamicaly throughout our life by two distinct bonecells. The osteoclasts which removes bone and the osteoblast which forms bone. When menopause sets off this balance between the bone eaters and the bone creaters is disturbed and tends towards the osteoclasts. This means that a gradual loss of bone occurs.
Also in your mouth the bone in which your teeth “flow” is thining out because of this demineralization. You might notice it because food starts to remain stuck in between your teeth, what before not happened. This is possible because of gums retract as they cover the receding bone. This is a physiological process, it happens also to men, but during the menopause this might accelareate.
It becomes more important to keep your mouth under control as far as oral hygiene is concerned. Foodrests can cause cavities and inflammed gums and bad breath.
Some doctors quite easily prescribe Bifosfonates a medicine which blockes the boneremodelling. However they have very severe collateral effects of bone necrosisi after simple extraction of teeth and it may prevent you to undergo dental implant therapy. This Bifosfonates therapy is only to be prescribed when patients hacve spontaneous fractures etc.
It is wise to always take in consideration what kind of medicine you are using. And if it would not be better to implement your diet with vitamins & minerals and vegetal hormaones to pass through this. They would give you the benfits without any negative collateralò effect.

Saliva

A very irritating symptom could be the diminishing saliva secretion. A dry mouth, or xerostomia can develop in the burning mouth syndrom which is quite painful but usually happens to people who smoke. Less saliva interferes with your food digestion which starts actually in your mouth chewing, a dimished capacity to taste food, bad breath and last but not least decay and cavities. Fortunate very good saliva substitutes exist and usually this symptom comes and goes. But it is always best to drink a lot of water every day, to eat fruit and vegetables which contain a lot odf water like cucumber and water melon. You should take always time to eat and chew carefully. Ofcourse using salted toothpaste which stimulates the saliva secretion and brushing your tongue is helpfull.