Although a lesser known symptom of the menopause, dental problems are actually fairly common.
Fluctuating and depleting levels of estrogen can cause a number of gum and dental problems including: gingivitis, gum line recession, bleeding, burning tongue, dry mouth, and weakening teeth. The changes in your hormone levels can also make your taste buds less sensitive to sucrose which can make you crave sweet foods.
My Top Tips
Use a great toothbrush.
Oral hygiene has never been more important! A great toothbrush is incredibly important to keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy. While they are slightly more expensive, it’s worth considering investing in a battery-powered or electric toothbrush, since they have been shown to stop the development of gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease.
Make regular visits to the dentist.
Life is incredibly busy for most of us as we juggle work and family and other commitments and obligations. As a result, it can sometimes be quite difficult to find time to take care of our own health as we are generally so busy looking after everyone else. But it’s very important to make time for regular dental check-ups, even if you have great teeth. Prevention is always better than cure! And put it this way, if you’re stuck in bed with awful tooth pain, you can’t look after anyone else!
Floss, floss, floss.
Since the dawn of time, dentists have been trying to get us all to floss. If your oral hygiene routine has been limited to just brushing, it’s time to make a change. Flossing can pull out tartar and plaque that brushing your teeth often misses. If you’re not used to flossing, your gums may bleed initially until they get used to it. However, if you notice persistent bleeding, this could be a sign of gum disease, so speak to your dentist.
Coconut Oil Pulling
A time-honoured form of Ayurveda medicine, oil pulling is a very effective way of detoxifying your mouth. Read more here.
Your daily dose of coffee might do more harm than just stain your teeth. Caffeine can worsen estrogen imbalances in your body, making menopausal symptoms worse. On top of that, that extra bit of sugar you might have with your coffee can damage or rot your teeth.
Try not to stress.
From stress-eating junk food that decays your teeth, to grinding or clenching your teeth as a subconscious reaction, stress has horrible effects on your oral hygiene. Increased levels of stress have also been linked to canker and cold sores, as well as higher levels of plaque along the gum line. Find a way to destress and make it a priority to keep a healthy and radiant smile.
Take your vitamins.
As always, vitamins are incredibly essential for your teeth and gums. In particular, vitamin C is important for teeth tissue and bone renewal, and vitamin D is important to reduce inflammation in gums. If you can’t get enough of these vitamins in your daily diet, consider taking supplements!