Menopause Gum Problems: Natural Solutions
If you’re going through menopause, it’s likely that you’ll already be well-acquainted with the accompanying hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue and maybe even vaginal dryness. But did you know that gum problems can also be a common menopause symptom?
Noticed your gums bleeding while brushing your teeth more than usual? Been experiencing increased soreness in your gums? You don’t need to panic that all of your teeth are about to fall out, but you may need to start managing your oral hygiene in a different way - one that suits menopause.
Menopause Gum Problems: Where Do They Come From?
The same drop in oestrogen levels that triggers other menopause symptoms is responsible for menopause gum problems too.
A decline in oestrogen in your 40s and 50s can have a significant effect on oral tissues, including your gums, jawbone and salivary glands. This can cause your gums to recede and bleed, and it can increase the risk of gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss if you don’t change your oral hygiene routine once you hit menopause.
Menopause and sore gums don’t have to go hand-in-hand, and the symptoms of a dry mouth, altered taste buds and osteoporosis in your teeth and jawbone don’t have to be an issue either - you just need to find a way to maintain and manage your oral health in menopause.
Managing Menopausal Gum Problems
It’s more important than ever to floss daily and brush your teeth twice a day during menopause to maintain good oral hygiene, and make sure you never miss a dental check-up.
You should also avoid foods with a high sugar content, avoid smoking and take steps to improve your nutrition. Include more fish, dairy and nuts in your diet, as these are great sources of calcium and vitamin D, which are essential for keeping your teeth healthy and strong.
Calcium and vitamin D are important for maintaining bone strength too, which is vital during menopause, as a lack of oestrogen in your body can raise your risk of osteoporosis. In fact, this is where menopause gum problems can stem from - as your jawbone weakens, your gums and teeth can be affected, leading to receding, bleeding and sore gums.
With this in mind, taking a menopause supplement containing vitamin D could help you to manage multiple symptoms, including your osteoporosis risk and related gum problems. By the time you reach post-menopause, your body will have been coping without its usual oestrogen levels for some time, increasing these risks further.
At Menopause Supplements, we stock Femarelle® Unstoppable, which includes vitamin D alongside DT56a. This is a soy derivative that can mimic the effects of natural oestrogen in your body, helping you to manage a range of symptoms.
It’s designed to be taken as part of a healthy lifestyle - which includes practicing good oral hygiene - so you can continue to feel comfortable, confident and empowered throughout menopause.
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