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Gum Disease Can Be Helped By Hormone Replacement


New research reveals that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) could be effective in reducing gum disease and preventing tooth loss. Hormone replacement therapy is a common treatment for menopause-related issues such hot flushes, bone density, and heart health. It is estimated that one million women in Britain are taking HRT.

Menopause starts from the late 40s to the early 50s and is linked to high risk of gum disease and bone problems due the decreasing levels of estrogen. Significant changes normally occur in the body following the start of menopause and the many resulting symptoms often have a major impact on a woman’s day-to-day life. Oral health is often a low priority.

The study evaluated about 500 women between 50 and 87 years of age and found that the rate of gum disease is lower in women receiving HRT. The researchers discovered a 44 percent improvement in gum health.

Gum disease affects 28 percent of post-menopausal women and can lead to tooth loss within a period of less than five years. The Oral Health Foundation recommends that post-menopausal women be more aware of oral health and should be aware of any changes.

The falling estrogen levels will lead to oral health changes that increase risk of pain, bleeding, inflammation and tooth loss. Other oral health problems linked to menopause are burning mouth syndrome, dry mouth, and weakness in the jaw bone.

It is not sufficient to use HRT to safeguard oral health problems. Women should maintain good oral healthcare and hygiene routine during menopause. Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice every day, the last thing before jumping into bed and one more time. Use floss or interdental brushes to clean between the teeth to prevent accumulation of plaque and onset of gum disease.

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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

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