Mouth and dental problems in menopause

mouth and dental problems in menopause

There are many well known symptoms of menopause, we’ve nearly all heard of hot flushes, mood swings and anxiety. Today we are looking at a lesser known area but no less important for that. Your mouth, a major pleasure centre in terms of tasting, eating and other uses, can also be affected by menopause. So open wide and let’s take a look.

 

Mouth Dryness

As with other areas e.g. your vagina and your eyes, your mouth may feel drier during menopause and peri-menopause.  Hormone imbalance during menopause and perimenopause reduces moisture in mucous membranes and the mouth is no exception.

You can alleviate mouth dryness and other areas by using sea buckthorn oil. It is also important to keep yourself hydrated during menopause and any time so ensure that your daily intake of water is sufficient. Keep a bottle of water handy and drink regularly, it’s great for your kidneys and your skin too.

 

Burning mouth/tongue

This really uncomfortable condition can feel like your mouth is on fire. Contributory factors include hormone imbalance, stress, poor nutrition and anaemia.. You can relieve a burning mouth by keeping your mouth moist with increased water intake, apple juice or sucking ice, increasing intake of foods containing Vitamin B, increase iron rich foods and avoiding spicy and acidic foods. If symptoms persist you should get checked out by your doctor to make sure there are no underlying causes

 

Teeth and gums

Susceptibility to teeth and gum problems increases with menopause. You may notice your gums bleed more or feel more sensitive. Tooth sensitivity can also increase with age generally. Ensure you maintain good dental hygiene and get regular check ups with your dentist. Use a natural, chemical free toothpaste as some of the nasty ingredients like sodium laureth sulphate and triclosan are especially damaging . Try our recipe for a natural toothpaste below. There is also a right way and a wrong way to brush your teeth. Use the Bass method – click here

 

 

 

toothpaste using natural ingredientsNatural toothpaste recipe

  • 5 parts organic coconut oil
  • 1 part baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • Few drops organic extract of lime or peppermint (for flavour)
  • If your teeth are sensitive add calcium powder to aid remineralisation
  • If you like your toothpaste sweet add 1 level teaspoon of xylitol* or  a tiny pinch of stevia*

*natural sweeteners

 

Mix ingredients and flavour to taste. It’s easier if you warm the coconut oil slightly to make it softer to work with.

Brush your teeth as usual using a bamboo toothbrush (Bamboo toothbrushes are more environmentally friendly. They are naturally biodegradable and plastics contribute to the xeno-oestrogens in your environment which are a big no no for women).