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Oral Health During Menopause

Podcast Episode 8 transcript.

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Today, I’m talking about oral health during menopause.

Research suggests that hormonal changes during menopause can contribute to an increased risk of gum disease. 

The main menopausal oral symptoms are dry mouth, sensation of painful mouth (PM) and, less frequently, burning mouth sensation (BMS)

Painful oral symptoms (PM) are associated with reduced saliva, experienced as dry mouth. Dry mouth complications include becoming more prone to gum infections, receding gums, ulcers, oral thrush, and anaemia.

Burning Mouth Sensation (BMS) is a major complication and chronic condition characterised by a burning or cutting sensation of the mouth, tongue, or lips, sometimes accompanied by a distorted taste.

Menopause can also affect bones throughout the body, including our skull and reduces the anchorage that the jaw has on the teeth. This can lead to loosening of teeth.

Gum disease is not just about teeth. It's linked to broader health concerns, such as heart disease and diabetes. Ignoring the signs could have serious consequences.

Bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, and changes in the appearance of your gums can be indicators of gum disease. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's essential to schedule a visit to your dentist.

You can take various steps to maintain good oral health during menopause. 

Prioritize regular dental check-ups and cleanings. As dentists’ waiting times are long, book your check-ups in advance. Your dentist can identify early signs of gum disease and guide you on preventing further issues.

Maintain a consistent twice-daily oral hygiene routine. Brushing, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash can help keep your gums healthy. Drinking water, chewing gum, or using moisturising mouth sprays will help if you suffer from dry mouth. 

Consider making some lifestyle adjustments. Quitting smoking, maintaining a balanced diet, reducing the amount of sugar you consume and managing stress can all contribute to oral health. It's all about taking a holistic approach to well-being.

I hope you enjoyed this episode on oral health during menopause and now understand what to look out for and what you can do to keep your healthy smile!


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