Hot flashes, mood swings, or a combination of both may be the most recognizable symptoms of menopause, but you should also be aware of menopause-related issues that can affect your dental health.

Bone loss or 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 or 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 let Dr. Feucht and our hygienists know 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 Plymouth Dentistry is always available to answer your questions about maintaining a healthy mouth during menopause.