Menopause Teeth – Menopausal Symptoms Cause Tooth Loss in 1 in 4 Women

by Laura Ramirez on July 13, 2011

Do you suffer from menopause teeth? 1 in 4 women do due to the loss of estrogen in menopause which in a younger woman supports the growth of healthy bones, skin and teeth. Although calcium is known as one of the major building blocks of bone, actually estrogen is even more important.

New research forecasts that more than one in four post-menopausal women are likely to suffer tooth loss over a five-year period. A study of 1000-plus post-menopausal women indicates that around one in four are likely to suffer tooth loss over a five year period.ᅠ

The American-based study found that 293 post-menopausal women out of 1,021 (28.7%) had suffered tooth loss over the five year study period.

Previous studies have potentially linked the menopause to tooth loss because of factors such as bone loss and oestrogen deficiency…

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This study which was pubished in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology is one of the first to show the link between menopause symptoms and oral health. Even though women generally take better care of their teeth than men do, they are at a higher risk for “menopause teeth” or tooth loss during their post menopausal years.ᅠ

Of course, poor oral care, diabetes and smoking add to this risk. So if you smoke, stop. If you have diabetes, carefully control it by eating a healthy diet and by all means, brush, floss and use a Waterpik daily.

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