Menopause. It’s a word that’s often spoken quietly. Half the population goes through it, and the other half of doesn’t want to know anything about it. Your body changes: the skin and hair get drier and lose elasticity and shine. Your nails may become brittle, your bones also. They lose mass and density as your hormone levels drop off.
But why are you reading about this from a dentist? Turns out that the “change of life” can change your teeth and dental health too.
Why Would Menopause Affect My Teeth?
Your mouth is surrounded by bones: your lower jaw or mandible, your upper palate and upper jaw or maxilla. The roots of your teeth are attached to these bones by thousands of tiny ligaments. As the bones lose density, the teeth may become looser, leaving more room for sub-gingival bacteria to gain a footing. Loose teeth & decay are a nasty mix, frequently resulting in a tooth or teeth that either falls out or must be removed.
How Do I Stop the Dental Side Effects of Hormone Changes?
Studies have shown that tooth decay and loss happens more frequently in postmenopausal women who are not taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT). So one preventative step to take is to ask your doctor about HRT and find out if it is a good fit for you. Ensuring you get enough calcium in your diet, along with plenty of Vitamin D for absorption is another way to help prevent bone loss.
But what do you do when your teeth have already begun to loosen and decay? Make your appointment with At Raleigh Dental Arts to consult with Dr. Agarwal.
Implants Save The Day
When your teeth become so loose that they won’t stay in your jaw, or become so decayed that even a root canal cannot save it, one of the best routes to take is dental implants. The implant itself is typically made of titanium. It bonds with the jaw, attaching itself in a way that actually helps maintain the density of the bone by encouraging new bone growth altogether. It helps surrounding teeth keep their stable placement and position in the jaw.
What If I Don’t Have An Implant?
Once your body goes through menopause, your body physically ages more quickly. There are things you can do to slow it, but in one way or another it happens.
Imagine: your bones begin to shrink, and a tooth or two comes out. The shape of your smile changes. Your cheeks begin to sink in because there are fewer teeth to support the facial tissues. You will begin to struggle reconciling the reflection in the mirror to the mental image of yourself. Not only that, but as more teeth fall out or are removed, the more likely the remaining teeth will turn, lean or move out of their spot, leaving a crooked smile that makes you fell like you look even older than you really are!
If your teeth have become loose, or you have already lost one or more, don’t wait any longer to contact Dr. Agarwal. Call to schedule your appointment and save your smile.