Special Concerns for Women
Women may experience changes in their mouth throughout their lifetime. Recent studies suggest that estrogen deficiencies can place post menopausal women at a higher risk for severe periodontal disease and tooth loss. In addition hormonal changes in older women may result in discomfort in the mouth. Including a dry mouth, pain and burning sensations in the gum tissue and altered taste especially salty, peppery and sour. In addition, menopausal gingivitis affects a small percentage of women. Most women find estrogen supplements help to relieve these symptoms. Bone loss is associated with both periodontal disease and osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can lead to tooth loss because the density of the bone that supports the teeth may decrease. More research is being done to determine if and how the relationship between osteoporosis and periodontal disease exists. Women considering Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT) to help fight osteoporosis should note that this may help protect their teeth as well as other parts of their body.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis – Bone Density - Bisphosphonate Therapy: In the last decade there have been a significant number of reports concerning Osteonecrosis and Bisphosphonate therapy. The most recent report is by the Council on Scientific Affairs from the American Dental Association in November of 2011, and appears in our September 2012 Newsletter located in Our Newsletter & Sign-Up page.