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!