Menopause Affects Your Oral HealthMonday, July 18th, 2011, 5:07 pm
Almost 30% of post-menopausal women will suffer from tooth loss according to researchers. That risk increases to nearly 90% if other risk factors such as smoking or diabetes are present. The research published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology looked at over 1000 women during a five year period and found that almost 300 of them suffered from tooth loss during the study. The researchers speculate that changes during menopause may be the reason why more women suffer from tooth loss despite the fact that they typically have better oral health than men.
It is also clear from the research that risk factors such as smoking, diabetes and previous poor oral health combine to create a very high risk of tooth loss for these women. Losing teeth can impact self-esteem and quality of life. The British Dental Health Foundation commented “It is clearly a period of life when special attention needs to be given to maintaining good oral health.”
Menopause is a time of life when paying special attention to your oral health can pay big dividends. While women are typically better than men about visiting the dentist regularly it is even more important during this period of time. If you have any of the risk factors mentioned above make sure your dentist is aware of them. Proper oral hygiene and home care is imperative. Most people are good about brushing their teeth but flossing is extremely important to clean the surfaces your brush can’t reach. Regular dental hygiene visits are a must — and may be scheduled more often than you have been used to. Because periodontal disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes good oral health care can help prevent serious health issues later in life.
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