Mea A. Weinberg, D.M.D., M.S.D., R.Ph.

US Pharmacist. 2002;27(9) 

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During menopause there is a decrease in the levels of progesterone and estrogen circulating in the bloodstream. The most common oral manifestations of menopause are oral discomfort and bone loss due to osteoporosis.[11,12] Oral discomfort has been described as pain, burning, dryness, and a bad taste in the mouth.[11]

At this phase of life, many women may be taking estrogen supplements, which will most likely bring hormonal levels back to normal rather than to the elevated levels reached in pregnancy and in women taking oral contraceptives. Therefore, gingival inflammation will not be a major factor in menopausal and postmenopausal women.[13] Women who have good oral (gingival) health are not at increased risk for the development of periodontal disease during and after menopause.[1] Estrogen supplementation may also reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures.


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