Menopause and your Oral healthMay. 15 2021
During a woman’s life, she will transition into a period called menopause. Menopause can cause a variety of changes to occur in a woman’s body, including the inability to conceive children. At the same time, this transition can impact one’s oral health as well! Dr. Dean Glasser and his team at Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island in Melville, NY can help women understand the connection between menopause and their oral health and wellness!
- Bone loss. One effect of menopause is the development of a condition called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the loss of bone throughout the body. However, it can also impact the jawbone which is responsible for holding permanent teeth in place. Patients with periodontal disease may also notice changes in their jaw which can contribute to the loss of natural teeth. Working with your dentist to prevent periodontal disease and control bone loss is essential during menopause and beyond.
- Dry mouth. Changes in hormone levels throughout menopause can also contribute to the development of dry mouth. This is the reduced ability for the mouth to produce saliva. Saliva is important in one’s oral health and wellness as it keeps the mouth moist and can reduce the risk of cavities and infection.
- Gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can cause the gums to become red and inflamed in the earlier stage known as gingivitis. By preventing the development of bacteria that can contribute to this condition, women in menopause can reduce the risk of gum disease and keep the smile healthy.
- Burning mouth syndrome. Some women experience burning mouth syndrome during menopause. This condition can cause a burning sensation in the tongue, cheek, lips, or even the whole mouth that can cause significant discomfort. The cause of this condition is unknown but occurs often in women with menopause. Lifestyle and dietary changes can reduce symptoms.
Schedule a visit with Implant and General Dentistry of Long Island
If you reside in the Melville, NY area and want to work with a team of professionals to achieve a healthy smile even throughout menopause, we can help! Call (631) 423-6767 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dean Glasser and his team today! The office is located at 458 Old Country Road and accepts new patients.
Dr. Dean Glasser is a respected Cosmetic and General Dentist, serving Melville, NY and the greater Long Island area. A Professor at Columbia University Dental School, Dr. Glasser is recognized as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and as a Fellow of the following organizations: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Association of Hospital Dentistry and the Misch Implant Institute.