Is menopause impacting your gums?
Are your gums bleeding more than normal after brushing? Do you experience a metallic taste in your mouth? Then menopause could be impacting your gums? Believe it or not, poor gum health is one of the 40 symptoms that we can experience during our menopause journey.
I noticed that my gums became really sensitive and even sore. If I brushed too hard I found they would bleed. The metallic taste in my mouth reminded me of my pregnancy which I found even more bizarre!
WHY DOES MENOPAUSE IMPACT OUR GUMS?
The fluctuating levels of oestrogen, during menopause, is the most common cause of poor gum health for menopausal women.
Our oral health, from blood circulation in our gums, salivary glands, jawbone strength to our immune system are all impacted by oestrogen and progesterone. So, a drop in oestrogen can therefore increase the risk of gum problems, tooth loss, and osteoporosis. It is also another symptom that can affect our confidence levels.
“Did you know that around 68% of dental patients with gingivitis are women.”
We can treat our gum problems by addressing this hormonal imbalance and making simple lifestyle adjustments with my MidLife Resilience System. It is extremely important that we take extra care of our oral health as we move through our menopause.
HOW TO KEEP OUR GUMS HEALTHY
MIDLIFE-FOOD “THE INSIDE”
Eating a varied diet containing healthy foods supported by supplements is key for our gum health as it is for our bodies.
- Diet – Eat a well balanced diet rich in phytoestrogens, like soy and flaxseeds. These can moderately raise oestrogen levels.
- Calcium – Eating foods like dairy or leafy greens help keep teeth strong.
- Vitamins A, C & D – Deficiencies can be bad for our gums, so make sure you are eating enough fruit and vegetables. Vitamin C is essential for our immune system and fighting against oral health. Vitamin D helps reduce gum inflammation.
- Sugar and alcohol – Hormonal changes in menopause can make our taste buds less sensitive to sucrose, leading to an increased desire for sweet foods. So reduce the amount as bacteria can feed on both, leading to inflamed and damaged gums.
MIDLIFE-SELFCARE “THE OUTSIDE”
As you look after the rest of your body with exercise and a healthy diet, your mouth needs a healthy care regime of its own:
- Oral Hygiene – Maintain a good oral routine by brushing and flossing at least twice a day. It is also important that we have regular dental check ups to identify any problems early.
- Calm – Reduce stress to boost immunity and improve oral health.
- Sleep – Get good quality sleep to help our body repair and rejuvenate.
Therefore, it’s MidLife-Food: by getting the right vitamins and nutrients in the right amounts, our body overall can work efficiently, rejuvenate and repair. With MidLife-SelfCare: by getting more sleep and less stress to boost our immunity. Maintaining good oral hygiene to ensure that we have healthy gums.
It is so important to remember that as our bodies change we need to change with them and not resist what is happening. Taking time to focus on any issues we have with our gum health early on, will help to ward off problems later.
HOW CAN I HELP “KEEP YOU IN BUSINESS THROUGH MIDLIFE & MENOPAUSE”
If you are struggling with your menopause symptoms, alongside leading your business then book a complimentary coaching session with me.
I specialise in coaching MidLife Women in Business to understand their changing bodies and manage their menopause alongside leading their business.
Simply, I’m “The MidLife Body and Business Coach” to make it easier for you to make both a priority!
Set the timer and take a 5 minute break to book yourself into my diary today.