Gum Problems and Our Hormonal Changes

Gum Problems and Our Hormonal Changes

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.

Did you know that around 68% of dental patients with gingivitis are women.

For Women in Business, suffering with gum problems, plus the compound effect of the other 39 changes, can be particularly challenging, with 51% of women reporting they take time away from their business or career due to PeriMenopausal and Menopausal symptoms.


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!


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.

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.



By getting the right vitamins and nutrients in the right amounts, our body overall can work efficiently, rejuvenate and repair. 

  • Food – 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

Read my blog on Osteoporosis for bone health and watch my masterclass on my MidLife-Food principles for more detail.


As you look after the rest of your body your mouth needs a healthy care regime of its own. Get more sleep and less stress to boost our immunity and always maintain good oral hygiene to ensure that we have healthy gums.

  • 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


The fluctuating levels of oestrogen, during menopause, is the most common cause of poor gum health for menopausal women.

Around 68% of dental patients with gingivitis are women.

Use my MidLife Resilience Coaching Boost below to help manage gum problems by focusing on Food and Selfcare, so you Feel Stronger through your hormonal changes. 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.


Are you a Woman in Business who wants to manage your gum problems before they impact You, Your Family and Your Business?

Do you want to know more about the “40 Changes Over 40″ that happen as you transition through PeriMenopause and Menopause?

Then book a Complimentary Consultation worth £125 including your own MidLife Resilience Assessment to understand where you are on your own PeriMenopause & Menopause Transition…