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The menopause, a challenge for oral health 

Looking after your teeth is vital, says Artedental.

The effects that accompany the menopause have often turned it into a stigma loaded with stereotypes and ignorance.

Hot flushes and bad mood are among the most popular symptoms, although not all women suffer them; and there are others that are barely known during and after this period of transition: their effects on our oral health. The good news is that it has a solution.

The first and most important thing regarding the menopause is that you have to get used to it.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the life expectancy of women in England is above 82 years, implying that they will spend practically a third of their life postmenopausal. But nothing to get your hands on your head. Living a quiet mature stage with a healthy mouth requires extra care but not extraordinary.

 Menopause mainly results in the decrease (not absence) of hormones (estrogens) and bone weakening.

According to Dr. Victor Cubillo, medical director of Artedental, “the hormonal imbalance derived from menopause brings with it a decrease in the production of saliva, our natural defence against bacterial plaque. This results in a dry mouth, heat, periodontal diseases, cavities and loss of the natural colour of teeth. On the other hand, “bone weakening causes alterations in the assimilation of calcium, ligaments and hence dental mobility”.

Bone reduction first affects the jaw, but the worst we can face is the degenerative gingivitis, which affects the gums and exposes the teeth, leading to cause in the most extreme cases the loss of dental pie-ces .

 The most recommended solutions in these cases according to Dr. Cubillo are regular visits to the dentist, “at least twice a year for a thorough examination”; As well as “proper dental hygiene at home and possibly splinting the anterior teeth to avoid movement. Once the imbalance has passed and the situation is resolved, everything should be normal, “he concludes.

 As a complement to dental hygiene, it is important to consult the specialist for the best toothbrush and toothpaste to use in each case. For example, pastes that streng-then the mucous membranes are usually the most recommended in these cases. Similarly, diet is important. Consuming products with abundant vitamins A, E and C favours the strengthening of mucous membranes.

About splinting, it consists of fixing the teeth through different fixed, aesthetic and painless devices. This makes the ferulized teeth work as a unit and avoids the individual movement of each of them.

 Technology and development in the dental industry today allow solutions to some of the most annoying and often ignored effects of menopause. The psychological challenge that a woman has to face at this stage is often complex, mainly because of the clichés associated with it and the taboo status it still holds. To assume today more difficulties in silence does not make sense.

Consulting a specialist about the changes you are experiencing may be the answer to some of your oral problems, oddly enough that they seem to be associated with menopause.

For more information, see: http://www.artedentalclinic.com/en/dental-health-during-menopause/