Menopause | 3 Oral Health Side Effects

Did you know that 60% of women who have systemic symptoms of menopause will have an oral manifestation? YIKES! As IF hot flashes, insomnia and vaginal dryness were not enough!

  1. Increase Risk for Dental Caries
  2. Altered Taste
  3. Bad Breath / Oral Malodor
  4. Mucositis
  5. Difficulty Removing Dentures

The most common oral health side effect associated with menopause is xerostomia. Xerostomia is another word for dry mouth. Prescription medications, OTC medications, auto-immune diseases, tobacco, alcohol, smoking or vaping are just some of the contributors to dry mouth. How can that impact your oral health?

The second oral health side effect is periodontal disease and/or osteoporosis. Let’s begin with the recommendation of being screened for both in effort to give you a base line in moving forward with prevention or treatment.

Medication related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) is alarming. Discuss with your dental hygienist, dentist and healthcare team if you have been on a high dose of antiresorptive medication for more than 2 years to treat cancer. Ask about additional medications that may be contributors.

Periodontal disease has been linked to smoking or vaping tobacco & marijuana. Yes, some studies has shown that smoking marijuana may help alleviate some menopause symptoms. CBD oil may be a better option for you to look into verse smoking or vaping.

The third oral health side effect is a long list of oral manifestations. Buckle up!

Burning mouth syndrome, candidiasis, angular cheilitis, lichen plants, pemphgoid vulgaris, Sjogren’s syndrome and ulcers.

Be empowered with this health information and proactive in recognizing what your body is telling you AND showing you! Surround yourself with a powerful dental and healthcare team, determine which products will be your best fit and live your life in abundant health!

How To Get Whiter Teeth This Holiday Season!

With Americans spending 1.4 Billion dollars on beauty/cosmetics each year; the battle between beauty and the bleach continues to strengthen.

Obviously, I’m in favor of a brighter, whiter smile. People DO notice teeth and your smile. What concerns me is how YouTuber Beauty Experts are discussing teeth whitening products. Their fan bases are HUGE and their impact is evident. Another concern is the lure of mall kiosks who offer this service and finally the beauty stores that offer OTC (over the counter) products. What is lacking? 

A college degree in oral health, being a dentist, dental hygienist or dental assistant. Then passing national boards, clinical boards and state law exams. Having a current license which is obtained by many continuing education programs, some of which do rigorously address teeth whitening and how to best determine which product(s) will safely and effectively deliver results. 

If you want your teeth white; make sure you do it right! View this week’s vlog Hump Day Happenings below … 

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Diabetes, Diet and Dental Health

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Whether you are living with Type 1 or 2 diabetes; oral health problems are a concern. 

Below are 2 of my weekly vlogs sharing what you should know regarding diet, medications, gum 

problems, pregnancy, A1C number and neuropathy. 

These are things your dentist and dental hygienist should be discussing with you and your 

 entire medical team. 

May these give you valuable information in a fun format ….. because dentistry can be a dry topic!

Get my weekly vlog each week by subscribing to YouTube Channel AnastasiaRDH
(Registered Dental Hygienist) 🙂 Looking forward to your comments, likes and questions! 

Guest Blog by Siri AND the Genius Bar

Join me on our monthly road trip! VIEW & SUBSCRIBE to Route 32: The Highway To Health!

This months destinations include a guest who knows how to recalculate you, a video responding to trending news about flossing and how to be a genius with customer service!

October 2015 Route 32: The Highway To Health
Anastasia Turchetta, RDH