Changes During Menopause Affect Oral HealthPrisma
The whole reproductive cycle of a woman is marked by how hormones interact with the body during her reproductive years. When these hormones slowly withdraw signaling menopause, women experience a series of changes. These changes will most likely affect the whole body, and it is not a surprise that it will also affect their oral health.
As we age our body experiences changes in many levels including mental, emotional and physical. Some of the most common symptoms experienced by older adults are are burning sensations in the mouth, dry mouth, higher sensitivity to extreme temperatures in food such as hot or cold, and also a sense of altered taste.
The effect of having a decreased salivary flow can have a great impact on overall oral health. Saliva has the crucial role of neutralizing the acids produced by plaque; when saliva is not available to perform this function it can lead to the development of tooth decay and gum disease. Also, some of the prescribed medications for older adults will cause dry mouth.
During menopause, the production of estrogen declines and the risk of losing bone density increases. The loss of bone density in turn might lead to tooth loss. One of the most visible signs of bone loss in the jawbone is receding gums. Receding gums expose more of the unprotected surface of the tooth which is not covered with enamel and can be exposed to potential tooth decay.
Dr. Telma Rubinstein at Prisma Dental has a trajectory for designing the renewed smiles of an extensive list of older adults and even senior citizens. She deeply understands that, with every age, there are different challenges in regards to specific issues related to oral health. Feel free to contact Prisma Dental to inquire about your specific situation, needs and concerns.
By: Prisma Dental
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