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Looking After Your Teeth During The Menopause

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Looking After Your Teeth During The MenopauseIt may surprise people to learn that looking after your teeth during the menopause is of the utmost importance. Not only is the body going through big changes, but also many adverse symptoms can arise. The most common ones may be things like hot flushes, menstrual changes, headaches, etc. However, there is a range of less common symptoms that women may not be aware of.

Looking After Your Teeth During The Menopause

Due to declining levels of estrogen during the menopause, the mouth can become dry. The problem with a dry mouth is that bacteria can grow more easily. As a result of this, dental health can be at risk. The presence of elevated levels of bacteria can lead to tooth decay as well as bleeding and receding gums. With this in mind, it is even more important to take care of dental hygiene at this time. Therefore, following these steps can help maintain a healthy mouth during and after the menopause:

  1. Maintain a good dental care routine. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing in between the teeth to remove hidden bacteria, and using a medicated mouthwash to wash away any leftover debris. This will also help to keep the breath fresh.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids (preferably water) to keep the area moist and hydrated.
  3. Attend regular check-ups with your dentist. Your dentist will check for tooth decay and signs of gum disease, amongst other things. This way, if any issues are developing, they can be treated in their early stages. If diagnosed early they are much easier to treat.
  4. Consider visiting a dental hygienist. One good way of keeping gum disease and tooth loss at bay is the removal of plaque bacteria underneath the gum line. A hygienist will be able to clean these areas that otherwise would not be reached by general brushing and flossing.
  5. If you smoke then consider giving up. Smoking is a huge contributor to dental health problems and this, coupled with menopause symptoms, could spell bad news for your teeth and gums.

 

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If you would like to speak to one of our highly trained receptionists or would like to book in for a checkup then please give the clinic a call on 020 8003 4462. We offer same-day emergency appointments if you are in need of fast and effective treatment. Alternatively, you can use our emergency walk-in service. All our products and services are available to new, existing, and one-off patients. We look forward to assisting you very soon, here at Pearl Dental Clinic.

Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 10pm. You can book a dental check-up or an emergency dental appointment by calling us on 020 8003 4462 or emailing us or booking an appointment online.

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