As we age, maintaining good oral health becomes increasingly crucial for overall well-being. In this blog, we’ll discuss the unique challenges and considerations that arise in oral health after 40. From dental care tips to common issues to watch out for, read to maintain a healthy smile and oral hygiene as we navigate this stage of life.

A decline in oestrogen production can lead to a range of oral health issues after the age 40.  Oestrogen plays a vital role in maintaining the health of the oral cavity by regulating the levels of bacteria in the mouth and promoting the production of saliva.  As oestrogen levels decrease, the composition of saliva changes, which can interfere with the mouth’s microbiome and increase the risk of tooth decay and oral infection.

A photograph showing a menopausal lady having tooth sensitivity

Dry Mouth, also known as xerostomia is a common symptom experienced by menopausal women.  It is caused by a decrease in the production of saliva, which can lead to discomfort, difficulty speaking and swallowing.

Saliva production is regulated by the autonomic nervous system, which is influenced by hormonal changes during menopause.

Dry mouth in menopause can be associated with burning mouth syndrome, a condition characterised by a burning sensation in the mouth and tongue.  The reduction in saliva production can cause changes in the sense of taste, hoarseness and frequent thirst.

To manage dry mouth during menopause it is recommended to add moisture to the air at night using humidifier, use special mouthwashes to combat dry mouth that don’t contain alcohol, limit or avoid spicy and salty foods, and chew sugar-free gum or suck on a sugar free hard sweet.

A photograph showing a tongue depicting burning mouth syndrome

Saliva helps to protect teeth by neutralising acid and washing away food particles that can cause decay.  A lack of saliva can make teeth more susceptible to decay and gum disease.

Sensitive teeth occur when the underlying layer of tooth tissue, called dentin, becomes exposed due to receding gums or enamel wear.  The dentin contains small tubules that lead to the nerves in the tooth, making it more sensitive to temperature changes, sweets, and acidic foods or drinks.

 

TIPS FOR MAINTAINING ORAL HEALTH DURING MENOPAUSE

1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

2. Visit the Dentist Regularly

3. Stay Hydrated

4.  Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy

Prioritizing oral health after 40 is essential for maintaining overall well-being and a healthy smile. By following regular dental care routines, staying mindful of common issues that can arise with age, and seeking professional dental advice when needed, individuals can ensure optimal oral health. Remember, a healthy smile starts with proactive and consistent oral hygiene practices tailored to Oral Health After 40.

Also, visit Pause and Co Healthcare to take control of your menopause symptoms and receive personalized care tailored to your individual needs and concerns.

Nadira Awal

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