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The Link Between Dry Mouth and Menopause

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It’s been shown that women who are going through menopause are more likely to experience dry mouth than at any other period of life. Dry mouth can create many dental problems, which is why women going through menopause are at an increased risk of suffering from gum disease and gingivitis.

Saliva keeps your mouth moist and helps wash away food debris and bacteria that can otherwise harm the teeth. Lack of saliva production causes:

·       Bacterial infections

·       Thirst and discomfort

·       Tooth decay

·       Difficulty speaking and swallowing

·       Gum disease

The Link Between Menopause and Dry Mouth

When women are going through menopause, there are many hormonal changes that occur. As estrogen decreases, the moisture in the mucous membranes will start to dry up. This is why, in addition to dry mouth, many women in menopause get dry eyes as well.

If you are going through menopause and believe that you’re suffering from dry mouth or gum disease, please contact In Highlands Ranch Periodontics. Our Highlands Ranch, Colorado periodontists are here to help!

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

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