Prepare your mouth for menopause and osteoporosis with our specialized dental care.
During menopause, between the ages of 45 and 55, estrogen levels decrease causing different consequences in a woman’s body. Among them, oral health, which can also be compromised due to the reduction of the anti-inflammatory effect of this hormone on the gums. In addition, the decrease in progesterone leads to loss of bone density and the development of osteoporosis, which can also affect the state of health of the mouth.
Estrogen also causes changes in your mouth.
So, estrogen deficiency at this stage of life causes changes in oral tissues, including decreased secretion and alterations in the biochemical composition of saliva, as well as disorders in oral flora. Atrophic gingivitis, postmenopausal gingivostomatitis and burning mouth syndrome are the most common periodontal disorders you may experience if you are going through menopause.
That is why, during this vital period, we consider it crucial to keep bacterial plaque at bay by arranging regular visits to the dentist or periodontist who will guarantee good maintenance and will accompany you during these changes so that you can integrate them harmoniously and with minimum discomfort in your mouth.
In case you are taking oral bisphosphonates, it is very important that you inform your specialist about the treatment so that he/she can take appropriate preventive and therapeutic measures since there is a risk of “osteonecrosis of the jaws”.
Hormone replacement therapy
There is an association between periodontitis and osteoporosis, especially in women with previous gum problems, which can be aggravated during menopause. One third of women over 65 suffer from osteoporosis and resort to the use of hormone replacement therapy (estrogen and progesterone). This therapy may offer some protection against tooth loss and reduce gingival bleeding.
For all these reasons, now is an ideal time to pay more attention to yourself, prioritize your wellbeing and health and let yourself be accompanied by specialists.