There is no doubt about it..as you age, you may develop new health concerns. A study done at our own Cleveland Clinic examined teeth of 56 postmenopausal women. Despite brushing and flossing daily, these women all had plaque buildup on their teeth and below their gums. Researcher Leena Palomo, D.D.S. noted that postmenopausal women may be more susceptible to Periodontal Disease because their bones , which includes the bones in their jaw, are weakening.
Their advice? The researchers stress the importance of women who have been through menopause seeking regular dental evaluation for the early management of oral disorders. They reiterate the guidelines posted by the American Dental Association:
- Regular dental examinations and professional cleanings to remove bacterial plaque biofilm under the gum-line where a toothbrush will not reach.
- Daily oral hygiene practices to remove bioflim at and aboe the gum-line including brushing twice daily with and ADA accepted toothpaste
- Replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months (or sooner if bristles start to look frayed)
- Cleaning interproximally (between teeth) with floss or interdental cleaner
- maintaining a balanced diet
- No smoking.