Approximately 36 million women in the United States are in the postmenopausal phase of life. The vast majority of these women experienced spontaneous cessation of menses between the ages of 47 and 55 years when the production of estrogen decreased because of an inadequate number of functioning follicles within their ovaries.
Fewer women entered
menopause after surgical removal of both ovaries.
The physiological changes associated with spontaneous or surgical menopause cause some women to experience uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. In addition, estrogen deprivation arising from menopause in association with age-related factors disproportionately increases the risk of:
Your dentist needs to consider this stressful phase of life that you may be experiencing. He may look for the following postmenopausal problems at your dental examination which may include:
Your dentist thus have an opportunity to refer women who are not under the care of a gynecologist for an evaluation to determine the appropriateness of HRT for its systemic and oral health benefits * because estrogen supplements may offer:
gum tissue benefits
helps relieve the above symptoms
help prevent against osteoporosis
protect against losing your teeth.
Menopause Dental UPDATE:
Periodontal Disease and the Incidence of Tooth Loss in Postmenopausal Women
The study population included 106 dentate
white postmenopausal women who participated in a cross-sectional study
between 1989 and 1991 who were willing and eligible to have a repeat examination
after 10 to 13 years. At baseline, full-mouth assessment of periodontal
status was performed clinically and radiographically. Assessment of tooth
loss during follow- up was assessed clinically by a periodontist. Odds
ratio (OR) and its 95% confidence interval (CI) for each periodontal variable
was obtained from separate multiple ;ogistic regression analyses adjusting
for the effect of age, household income, smoking, hormone therapy, snack
consumption, and number of decayed teeth.
Effect of Alendronate on Periodontal Disease in Postmenopausal Women:
We investigated the effect of oral alendronate
(ALN) treatment on radiological and clinical measurements of periodontaldisease
in postmenopausal women without hormone replacement therapy. ALN treatment
improved periodontal disease and bone turnover in postmenopausal women.
Ladies Home Journal states: "Japanese researchers
found that an X-ray known as a panoramic radiograph detected signs
of osteoporosis up to 87% of the time in post menopausal women. 'What
affects the quality of bone in the spine also affects the quality of bone
in the rest of the body, including the jaw.' "
Oral Cancer Increasing In USA Oral cancer
is on the increase among women over 40 because the numbers who smoke has
increased. There is some evidence to suggest that tongue cancer among males
under 40 could also be increasing. Early detection is key. According
to the American Cancer Society, oral cancer occurs almost as frequently
as leukaemia and claims almost as many lives as melanoma cancer. The stage
of an oral cancer diagnosis is critical. When detected at its earliest
stage, oral cancer is more easily treated and cured. When detected late,
its five-year survival rate is about 50 percent. Testing is painless and
there is no question that early detection saves lives.
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