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Gum problems during menopause

Gum problems is one of the many symptoms that can affect women going through menopause. Change in hormones can cause women’s mouths to become very dry. Gums are also more susceptible to plaque, which can lead to infections. This side effect can be very uncomfortable for women, but there are some natural ways it can be managed.

Brush correctly

Keeping good oral hygiene will help prevent gum disease. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, with either a manual or electric toothbrush, for two minutes each time. Don’t forget to floss once a day, as flossing helps catch food that brushing might have missed. It’s also important to replace your toothbrush regularly.

Chew Chew

If your mouth is dry increase the amount of saliva by chewing gum or sucking on sugar free sweets. Stay hydrated by drinking eight glasses of water a day. If you struggle to hit that mark, keep a jug of water on your desk, so it’s easy to top up your glass.

Dentist’s Chair

While sitting in the dentist’s chair isn’t most people’s favourite pastime, it is important to visit the dentist or dental hygienist for regular check-ups and cleans. Your dentist will be able to spot early signs of gum disease and will be able to give you tips on how to manage any problems.