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Menopause & Dry Mouth

Mature woman smilingWomen who are going through menopause are more likely to suffer from dry mouth than they are at any other time in their lives. Dry mouth can cause quite a few dental problems, which is why women going through menopause are also at a much higher risk for developing gum disease and periodontitis.

The saliva in our mouths helps to wash away sugars, food debris, and bacteria that live on our teeth. Dry mouth, or a lack of saliva, can cause:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Bacterial infections
  • Difficulty eating and swallowing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Thirst and discomfort

What is the Link Between Dry Mouth and Menopause?

During menopause, many hormonal changes are taking place. As estrogen begins to decrease, the moisture in the mucous membranes will start to dry out. This is also why women will experience dry eyes in addition to dry mouth.

Here at Endodontic Specialists, we encourage any women in menopause to visit their general dentist every six months and discuss any concerns about dry mouth. There are ways to treat dry mouth and keep your smile healthy and beautiful! To contact us, please call our endodontic offices located in Colorado Springs North and Pueblo, Colorado.

Posted on Feb 28, 2018
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