Dental health and menopause

There are many health concerns at this time in life and one of them involves our dental health, so I wanted to make a section just for these discussions.

Dental health and menopause

Postby minniepauz » Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:53 pm

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Postby hotpatootie » Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:17 pm

Well what the hell else is going to go wrong with us......so much to look forward too. lol :lol: :o
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Postby psexypsychic » Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:40 pm

hotpatootie wrote:Well what the hell else is going to go wrong with us......so much to look forward too. lol :lol: :o


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Re: Dental health and menopause

Postby bobbi54 » Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:05 am

Hello Ladies! A study published in the January 1999 issue of the Journal of Periodontology reports that at least 23% of women ages 30 to 54 have periodontitis (an advanced state of disease where there is active destruction of the periodontal support tissue) and 44% of women ages 55 to 90 who still have their teeth have periodontitis.
Women who are menopausal can experience changes in their mouths, including dry mouth, pain and burning gums. I was going through this and have found that natural estrogen supplements have helped relief these symptoms.
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Re: Dental health and menopause

Postby minniepauz » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:46 pm

Thanks for the info, Bobbi.....I am one who didn't realize how menopause was going to affect my dental health and ended up having to get dentures....couldn't even save one tooth. Let me tell you, you don't want to go through that (I was 58). It's quite depressing and very stressful and I believe the infection from the periodontal disease triggered psoriasis.

I'm the poster child for not taking care of my body when it was young and beautiful..... I smoked for over 40 years which I believe is the worst you can do to yourself! (I quit 3 years ago) I'm sure it was a factor in early menopause (41), early cataracts mid 40's, and periodontal disease: Studies have shown that tobacco use may be one of the most significant risk factors in the development and progression of periodontal disease. Smokers are much more likely than non-smokers to have calculus form on their teeth, have deeper pockets between the teeth and gums and lose more of the bone and tissue that support the teeth. It could also be a factor in the psoriasis, but let me tell you, everything together just as I turn 60 is a lot to handle. Now I'm trying to play "catch up" and do things the right way....eating right, exercising, taking vitamins. Makes a lot of sense now.
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Re: Dental health and menopause

Postby minniepauz » Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:57 pm

If anyone here is thinking about getting dentures (or having to face it), please discuss it here. It really helps to talk about it and I can give you some resources that will help get you through it. It really IS nice to be able to smile freely! If you notice in my avatar pic, you see no teeth....I didn't smile for years because I was ashamed of my teeth, but look at them now!
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Re: Dental health and menopause

Postby njwhite » Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:54 pm

Beautiful smile!

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Postby minniepauz » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:40 am

Thanks, Nancy....naturally I had to do a cartoon about it:
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Re: Dental health and menopause

Postby njwhite » Sat Apr 19, 2008 2:16 pm

I envy your ability to draw and the creativity behind them. They put a smile on my face!
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Re: Dental health and menopause

Postby Seventeen_At_Heart » Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:45 pm

just seen this Dee....amazing!!
compared to my 48 year old pointy (it seems increasingly) gums withdrawing - (it seems increasingly), teeth...
I never had probs till the periods were heavy in the last 2 years or so...
oh sheesh...need to shut up now as it p's me off...
cannot even brush properly during period time...

anyone else get that???

gums bleed more then??
would you believe??? :shock:

I ask...doesn't it know the right direction or something???????? :shock: :roll: :( :D

btw Dee...thanks for sharing your pic (good on you - braver than me...of course you still look younger :mrgreen: )
you so look like a friend anyone would want :thumbsup:
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Re: Dental health and menopause

Postby minniepauz » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:54 am

Thanks for the kind words, Ladies.....as I turn 60 this Sunday, it helps. :)
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Re: Dental health and menopause

Postby Seventeen_At_Heart » Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:00 am

sorry, I was a bit fed up with my health when I posted above
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I do wonder, though, why my gums seem to swell more during period time and bleed more upon brushing teeth.
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Re: Dental health and menopause

Postby minniepauz » Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:02 am

Your dentist may have the answer to that. I wasn't aware that dental health and menopause had any connection until I read this:
http://www.minniepauz.com/dental-health.html
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Re: Dental health and menopause

Postby njwhite » Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:56 pm

I have never had any problems with my teeth until the last summer. (About the only thing that is healthy with me!!!) However, I had to get two crowns last summer. Prior to that, I only had about 6 fillings and had NEVER even had a shot of novacaine until I got the first crown last summer! My dentist was amazed that I had never had my mouth numbed.

I got both crowns about the same time. The 2nd was a nightmare. He gave me the shot which hurt bad. He started drilling and hit a nerve and I went through the roof. He shot me again and I wouldn't get numb. It took 5 injections. The 5th shot hit the bone in my jaw. I am a pretty calm person but this was the closest I've ever come to having a panic attack. My heart started racing, I got shaky and all I wanted to do was run out of there. I had to tell myself to calm down and take deep breaths. Anyway, I finally got numb and he did what he needed to do. I was so spent, I took a 3 hour nap when I got home. He actually called to check up on me that evening because he knew what an ordeal it was.


Since I've been in surgical menopause for close to 21 years, I think my problems aren't menopause related but just getting older!

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Re: Dental health and menopause

Postby Seventeen_At_Heart » Mon Apr 28, 2008 3:58 pm

minniepauz wrote:Your dentist may have the answer to that. I wasn't aware that dental health and menopause had any connection until I read this:
http://www.minniepauz.com/dental-health.html
thanks for that...
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:

decrease in saliva flow
gingivitis
yes, those may be connected...

I had at the back of my mind the hormonal impact on teeth and gums that pregnancy can have, so wondered if there might be a connection.
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