How Menopause May Be Affecting Your Dental Health – and a Possible Solution
Along with the list of symptoms already associated with menopause, a study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine found that estrogen deficiency may be a cause of dental health problems. The researchers concluded that bone loss, weak and brittle teeth, and diseases associated with the areas surrounding teeth can be indicators that a hormone problem may be present.
Furthermore, a study published by the Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology concluded that more than 25% of menopausal women have experienced tooth loss. Underscoring the effect of low hormone levels, researchers found the likelihood of tooth loss to be twice as high for women who have not undergone hormone replacement therapy.
While you may not have associated hormone levels with your oral health, it’s now clear that some of the first signs of low hormone levels may be found through your mouth’s health. Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy, often associated with relieving symptoms such as hot flashes, can also help with oral health issues when appropriate.
A dentist may recommend hormone replacement after they have taken into account other medications that are being taken in order to supplement an estrogen deficiency. If you have previously lost teeth, be sure to see an AAID credentialed dental implant expert about replacing those lost teeth. Doing so will give you a healthier, more beautiful smile.