Hormone Therapy: Better Bones, Better Sex Drive … and Better Teeth?
Estrogen therapy has already been credited with helping women manage difficulties with menopause. These include the reduction of hot flashes, improved heart health and bone density, and maintaining levels of sexual satisfaction.
A recent study suggests that the same estrogen therapy used to treat these symptoms can also lead to healthier teeth and gums.
According to Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of The North American Menopause Society, "This study demonstrates that estrogen therapy, which has proven to be effective in preventing bone loss, may also prevent the worsening of tooth and gum disease. All women, but especially those with low estrogen or on bisphosphonate treatment for osteoporosis, should make good dental care a part of their healthy lifestyles.”
If better bones and maintaining levels of sexual satisfaction aren’t enough for you to consider estrogen therapy, then perhaps healthier teeth and gums will sway your opinion.
The study was published in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).