Tooth loss is a phenomenon that occurs among many today. Tooth loss can occur due to several reasons such as periodontal diseases, alveolar jaw bone atrophy, tooth decay, and even trauma. But did you know that tooth loss can occur in women after their menopause or post-menopause period?
Post-Menopausal Period in women
Menopause is a period when women’s menstrual periods stop permanently. Usually, menopause occurs in women between the ages of 45-55. Menopause does not only affect the women’s ability to conceive but it affects their oral health too.
Dental Issues in Post-Menopausal Women
Women who have undergone menopause are more likely to develop periodontal diseases or gum diseases. This could be largely due to the decrease in the production of estrogen hormone after the menopause. Deficiency in estrogen hormone leads to bone loss and inflammation. This bone loss means women are more likely to develop osteoporosis after menopause. Osteoporosis leads to weakening of the vertebral column, pelvic bones, and alveolar bone of the jaw. This may lead to periodontal diseases, loose teeth and eventually tooth loss.
Post menopause, the estrogen levels in women decline sharply which can lead to systemic bone loss. Studies show that if a woman loses 1% of bone mineral density per year, she is under the risk of tooth loss of up to 4 times.
Preventing Tooth Loss in Post-Menopausal Women
It is always recommended for postmenopausal women to undergo bone density scan or tests to determine their prevailing bone density. This test can precisely tell the patient if they have osteoporosis even before they suffer any bone fracture or jaw bone loss in case of dental issues. More importantly, it can also throw light if the patient is under serious risk to develop osteoporosis.
Usually, postmenopausal women are prescribed with Hormone therapy or more specifically estrogen therapy which is an effective way to prevent tooth loss in postmenopausal women.