Menopause is the global rebuilding of a woman’s hormonal system but it affects all the spheres of her health. Hormones participate in all the processes that run in the human body. A change of their balance launches a chain of changes that influences the entire body.
Beware of Osteoporosis
These changes can appear in the most unexpected areas. Ovaries produce less estrogen that helps the body digest calcium properly. It affects bone tissues the most. The first to suffer from the lack of calcium are bones and teeth. Osteoporosis is what happens to the bones – they become weaker and lose their density. This increases the risk of fractures.
And now we get to oral health. The bone tissues of the teeth suffer as well. The structure of the jawbones undergoes degenerative changes. This is why you shouldn’t be surprised if your family dentist to whom you came with a dental complaint, will talk to you about osteoporosis. There is a connection.
Mouth Dryness Is Dangerous
The lack of estrogen also causes a lack of saliva production. Why is it important? Saliva is a natural protection system for our teeth and gums. It washes the bacteria and contamination away, and its unique chemical compound even kills aggressive agents. It creates an unfriendly environment for bacteria in the mouth where they are unable to multiply uncontrollably.
What happens if there isn’t enough saliva production? Nothing hinders the bacteria to multiply and they start working in two directions at once. They form a tartar buildup that destroys the health of gums. Also, they damage teeth and cause tooth decay.
This is why it is crucial for a woman in her menopause to visit her dentist even more often than usual. Also, she may need to go through professional teeth cleaning more often due to the increased amount of tartar buildup.
How to Solve the Problem
The solution for menopausal changes in oral health is the same as for any other changes. Hormone replacement therapy acts on the entire body and helps to slow down the tissue damage as long as possible. Age changes are inevitable, but you can delay them with the help of hormone substitutes. Consult your doctor about this strategy of treatment.
Medical help is very important but your health, oral and general, depends much on you as well. Menopause is the time when it’s especially crucial to take care of yourself. Eat healthy foods, sleep well, find a physical activity that you would enjoy to do. It’s time to quit bad habits, because now when your body is weakened by hormonal changes, they are more dangerous than ever.
Remember that your health is in your own hands. This includes preventive visits to doctors, immediate reaction on anything that may go wrong, and also mindful living and emotional stability. If you have reasons to worry and are stressed about them, maybe psychotherapy will be a good idea. Anyway, menopause is not an excuse to stop enjoying your life and having the most of it! Live, love, laugh and stay active and healthy!