A women’s oral health changes right throughout life and especially during menopause which occurs between ages 47 and 55. If you have reached this time of your life, you may have already noticed changes to your dental health. These changes can include a burning sensation, inflamed gums, noticing that things taste different and dry mouth.
Inflamed gums can be caused by a condition called menopausal gingivostomatitis, where gums look red and may bleed easily. Often, our dentist can prescribe medication to help you manage this condition.
If you notice food tastes different or that you are more sensitive to hot and cold foods, it can be a side-effect of what’s called burning mouth syndrome. It’s generally caused by hormonal fluctuations and can make it seem as if the front part of your lips, inside your cheeks, and your tongue feel like they’re burning, tender or numb. Again, we can help you with this condition.
Osteoporosis is more of a risk after menopause and can affect your jaw health. Bone loss in the jaw can cause receding gums and even tooth loss. It’s essential to make sure your diet contains an adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D so talk to our dentist or your doctor.