Are there any oral health problems surrounding menopause?

Women who are pregnant, take oral contraceptives (birth control pills) or are experiencing menopause experience hormonal changes. Menopausal women may experience pain and burning sensations in the gums, dry mouth, and changes in taste, especially changes in their ability to taste sour and salty foods. Gingivostomatitis (inflammation of tissues in the mouth) has also been known to affect some menopausal women. Symptoms might be helped or prevented with estrogen supplements prescribed by a doctor. Osteoporosis (loss of bone density) also can occur in menopausal women, and the relationship between bone loss and a woman's risk for periodontal disease is being studied.

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