Menopause Not to be Feared When It Comes to Tooth Loss and Periodontal Disease
While menopause influences many physical changes, there is no significant evidence that it contributes to tooth loss or periodontal disease. So says a small study that was recently conducted among menopausal and premenopausal women, all of whom suffered from chronic periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis is a common disease of the oral cavity with symptoms that may include redness or bleeding of the gums.
The researchers did not find significant differences in the pre- and postmenopausal groups for periodontal disease. While the number of diseased teeth was less in postmenopausal women, the difference was not statistically significant after adjusting for possible contributing factors such as age, smoking, and the amount of plaque.
Given the large number of possible contributors to tooth loss and periodontal disease, combined with the small, non-representative sample size of women, the researchers noted that additional, more comprehensive studies are needed for a definitive conclusion.
The study was published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine.