It may surprise you to learn that women who are going through menopause are much more likely to suffer from dry mouth than at any other point in their lives. Dry mouth can cause dental problems, which is why women in menopause are also at a higher risk for gum disease.
Saliva helps to keep the mouth moist, and washes away additional food debris or any harmful bacteria that may otherwise linger on the teeth. A lack of saliva production can cause:
- Tooth decay
- Bacterial infections
- Gum disease
- Difficulty eating, speaking, and swallowing
- Discomfort and thirst
Link Between Menopause & Dry Mouth
When women go through menopause, many hormonal changes take place. As the estrogen in a woman’s body decreases, the moisture in the mucous membranes will begin to dry up. This is why, in addition to dry mouth, many women going through menopause also experience dry eyes.
If you’re a woman going through menopause and you believe you may be suffering from dry mouth, we encourage you to make an appointment with Dr. Mann or Dr. Owens. Dry mouth can be treated, and your teeth can continue to be healthy and beautiful for years to come.
To make an appointment here at Durango Dentistry, please don’t hesitate to contact our Durango, Colorado family dental office today.