Menopause is a stage that all women go through when they are between 45 and 55 years old. Women go through many changes due to the estrogen and progesterone hormone reduction.
These changes are not only limited to the disappearance of menstruation. Menopause can also cause insomnia, headaches, flushing, irritability and a greater chance of developing dental problems.
An estrogen deficiency can atrophy the mucous membranes of the mouth, making them produce less saliva. Saliva is a necessary liquid because, among other things, it keeps the tissues of the mouth clean and moist, and it regulates the amount of bacteria within the oral cavity.
The lack of saliva can generate xerostomia, commonly known as dry mouth syndrome, as well as burning mouth syndrome, a pathology that produces burning and itching in the mouth, two symptoms that can be accompanied by intense pain.
Another problem that can be caused by a lack of saliva is the appearance of cavities. The most common ones are root cavities, which can occur when the surface of a tooth is progressively lost and cavities access its root to colonize it. When left untreated, they can cause the teeth to fall out.
Osteoporosis and Dental Health
When women reach menopause, they have an increased risk of getting osteoporosis. This disease causes bone loss, which can affect the bones that hold the teeth, causing them to weaken, as well as a greater risk of tooth loss and periodontitis.
It is advisable for women who have recently reached this stage to visit their dentist to carry out a complete oral examination and treat all menopause-related problems.
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