Bad breath and the menopause

Bad breath in menopause

Bad breath and the menopause is linked to gum problems and burning mouth. The consequence is that women feel embarrassed by what seems to be uncontrollable odours.

My Story

I shared my blog previously on Burning Mouth and how I still suffer with a metallic taste in my mouth. The consequence for me is feeling self conscious when speaking to people especially in Business or Networking Meetings. I now know it is part of our PeriMenopause-Menopause-Post Menopause Transition.

What causes bad breath during the menopause

Our body is going through many biological and endocrinological changes around these times. The decline and fluctuation in our hormone levels can disrupt the balance of our oral health. Putting us at a greater risk of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

Most of us women don’t realise there are actually oestrogen receptors in the mucous membranes of our mouth. Our hormones have a strong influence on our oral cavity.

Therefore hormonal fluctuations can also impact our saliva production which can cause a dry mouth. This is not great for oral health, as our mouth needs saliva to cleanse it and rid it of any bacteria. If bacteria and plaque are allowed to build up in our mouth, it can lead to bad breath.

Having inadequate amounts of saliva can also contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. Saliva contains an enzyme called amylase, which helps break down starches. Not having enough can affect the way the nutrients in our food are broken down.

Therefore as our hormones start to decline and fluctuate it is a good time to pay attention to oral health.

How minimise bad breath

Suffering from bad breath can be an embarrassing and frustrating experience, especially if our day is full of business meetings and “talking” commitments.

Using my MidLife Resilience System will help us to minimise the occurrence of bad breath as we move through our perimenopause and menopause transition. The key elements used are food and self-care.


  • Hydrate – Drink water throughout the day to avoid dehydration, leading to a dry mouth. Include drinking Green Tea as it can also help to fight bad mouth bacteria.
  • Chew – By chewing sugar free gum and crunchy vegetables, including apples, pears, carrots and celery can help to stimulate saliva flow.
  • Sugar & alcohol – Limit intake as bacteria can feed on both, causing bad breath.
  • Food Triggers – Odours from garlic, onion and spicy food go straight to your blood stream and lungs. So when exhaled they comes across as bad breath. Try apples as they can help neutralise the bad-breath odours caused by raw garlic.


As you look after the rest of your body with exercise and a healthy eating, it’s important to remember your mouth needs a healthy care regime of its own:

  • Oral Hygiene – Maintain a good oral routine, with brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Use a good natural toothpaste and rinse with mouthwash to keep breath fresh.
  • Dental Check Ups – Have regular check ups including the hygienist as they can offer you the right advice and treatment to eliminate any problems.
  • Calm – Reduce stress to boost immunity and improve oral health.
  • Sleep – Get good quality sleep to help your body repair and refresh.


To summarise it’s MidLife-Food: by taking care of ourselves, eating healthily and keeping hydrated.

With MidLife-Self-Care: by maintaining a good oral hygiene routine to keep our mouth healthy and breath smelling fresh.


It’s important to remember that our bodies start to change as we approach the age of 40. Therefore we must take ownership and understand why and how our body is changing so we can manage our transition through PeriMenopause-Menopause-PostMenopause.

By taking ownership we can manage the impact of the “40 things to accept over 40” and reduce the consequences of these changes on Ourselves, our Family and our Business or Workplacewell on most days!

Watch my Coaching Boosts on the Women in Business MidLife-Channel for more detail on the “40 things to accept over 40”.

My passion is coaching Women in Business & Corporates through this transition. I am the “The MidLife Body Transition Coach” keeping MidLife Women in Business through Change & Growth by using my MidLife Resilience System.

If you are interested in understanding more about taking ownership of your MidLife-Changes book a complimentary 30 minute coaching session with me. I will also show you a sneak preview of my Women in Business MidLife Club which launches in November.