Menopause is a life-changing phase for most women. Many women forget that hormones do not only affect menstruation and childbearing, but every system and organ in their body. Gum tissue is very soft and sensitive to changing hormones, which means that during menopause, periodontal disease can be much more damaging. You need to see your periodontist to treat the early signs of gum disease in Virginia Beach, VA to protect your teeth, the bones in your jaw, and your health. Although most women enter menopause in the 50s, hormonal changes can begin much earlier. No matter how old you are, if you are experiencing the changes of menopause, make an appointment to take care of your gums.

Tips to Prevent Gum Disease

It is vital that you take care of your teeth and gums all the time, but with the hormonal changes of menopause, it becomes more important to:

  • Floss daily

  • Exercise

  • Manage your stress

  • Eat healthy and get enough vitamins and minerals

  • Brush with a battery-powered toothbrush

Know the Symptoms to Watch For

Gum disease is a risk factor for many other conditions, including stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. If you see any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment with your periodontist:

  • Burning mouth syndrome

  • Taste alterations with salty or sour foods

  • Bone loss in the jaw that supports the teeth

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks

  • Bleeding gums, especially when they bleed easier

  • Bad breath

  • Difficulty removing dentures

  • Discolored gums

  • Gums that appear dry or shiny

Take Care of Your Teeth

Do not let menopause cause problems with your teeth. Call 757-251-9908 to make an appointment with Dr. Kenneth J. Cavallari, a periodontist who takes care of gum disease in Virginia Beach, VA. We want to help you keep your beautiful smile during every season of your life. We have comfortable treatment options in our caring office.