“Women who are menopausal or post-menopausal may experience changes in their mouths. They may notice discomfort in the mouth, including dry mouth, pain…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Oral Health Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Dental Care/Health/Hygiene
  • Gum Problems
  • Oral Care/Health/Hygiene
  • Menopause Oral Care/Health/Hygiene

Diseases and Conditions

Is there an association between oral health and various diseases and conditions?

In Oral Health: A Window To Your Overall Health – What Conditions Can Be Linked To Oral Health? the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“Your oral health might contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:

  • Endocarditis…
  • Cardiovascular Disease…
  • Pregnancy and Birth Complications…
  • Pneumonia
Certain conditions also might affect your oral health, including:

  • Diabetes…
  • HIV/AIDS…
  • Osteoporosis…
  • Alzheimer’s Disease…
Other conditions that might be linked to oral health include eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, certain cancers and an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth (Sjogren’s syndrome)”.2

Menopause

During menopause, what changes can some women experience in their mouth?

In Gum Disease and Women: Menopause and Post-Menopause the American Academy of Periodontology note:

Menopause Oral Health

“Women who are menopausal or post-menopausal may experience changes in their mouths. They may notice discomfort in the mouth, including dry mouth, pain and burning sensations in the gum tissue and altered taste, especially salty, peppery or sour. In addition, menopausal gingivostomatitis affects a small percentage of women. Gums that look dry or shiny, bleed easily and range from abnormally pale to deep red mark this condition. Most women find that estrogen supplements help to relieve these symptoms”.3

Bone Health

Is there an association between oral health and bone health?

The North American Menopause Society explain:

“Your dental health and the health of your bones are closely related. So, although problems with teeth and gums may be more common at and after menopause, don’t think of them as normal. With bone loss, the tooth sockets in your jaw deteriorate, leading to receding gums and exposing the roots, which makes you sensitive to cold”.4

Oral Diseases

What are risk factors for oral diseases?

In Oral Health: Key Facts according to the WHO:

  • “Factors contributing to oral diseases are an unhealthy diet high in sugar, use of tobacco and harmful use of alcohol”.5

Oral Health

What is the drill about oral health?

The Mayo Clinic explain:

“To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene daily.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush using fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Use mouthwash to remove food particles left after brushing and flossing
  • Eat a healthy diet and limit food with added sugars
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if bristles are splayed or worn
  • Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings
  • Avoid tobacco use
Also, contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health”.6

Dentist

What should we be sure to tell our dentist?

The Mayo Clinic note:

“Tell your dentist about the medications you take and about changes in your overall health, especially if you’ve recently been ill or you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes”.7

The NAMS explain:

“Take good care of your teeth and your bones. Get regular dental checkups and follow your dentist’s advice about flossing, brushing, and rinsing. And talk to your doctor about bone health”.8

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  1. Gum Disease and Women: Menopause and Post-Menopause. American Academy of Periodontology https://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-and-women Accessed: 26 July 2020
  2. Oral Health: A Window To Your Overall Health – What Conditions May Be Linked To Oral Health? 04 June 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475 Accessed: 26 July 2020
  3. Gum Disease and Women: Menopause and Post-Menopause. American Academy of Periodontology https://www.perio.org/consumer/gum-disease-and-women Accessed: 26 July 2020
  4. Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. My gums are starting to recede, and it hurts my teeth to eat anything cold. Is this normal? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-your-health-after-menopause Accessed: 26 July 2020
  5. Oral Health: Key Facts. 25 March 2020. World Health Organization https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/oral-health Accessed: 26 July 2020
  6. Oral Health: A Window To Your Overall Health – What Conditions Can Be Linked To Oral Health? How Can I Protect My Oral Health? 04 June 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475 Accessed: 26 July 2020
  7. Oral Health: A Window To Your Overall Health – How Can I Protect My Oral Health? 04 June 2019. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475 Accessed: 26 July 2020
  8. Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. My gums are starting to recede, and it hurts my teeth to eat anything cold. Is this normal? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-your-health-after-menopause Accessed: 26 July 2020
Topic Last Updated: 09 August 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 26 July 2020
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