Dry Mouth In Menopause

Dry mouth is an unpleasant sensation, but it can also increase the risk of dental problems. Dry mouth can occur in menopause as a result of fluctuating oestrogen levels, which affect the body's ability to control fluid levels and this affects the moisture in mucous membranes; it is also possible to experience dry and itchy eyes. Dry mouth can also result from increase cortisol levels; cortisol is the body's stress hormone and it can cause dryness in addition to an itching or burning sensation in the mouth.

The effects of dry mouth

Dry mouth is unpleasant, but it can also be harmful for your oral health, as it increases the risk of bacterial infections, including dental decay. Dry mouth can also make it difficult to chew and break down food properly, which may have a negative effect on digestion.

Treatment for dry mouth

Dry mouth, like many of the symptoms associated with menopause, can be treated using HRT (hormone replacement therapy), but HRT is not for everyone and there are risks involved. If you don't want to undergo HRT, there are other options for dry mouth, including using oral spays and lubricants; it's also really important to drink plenty of fluids and to avoid foods, which can dry your mouth out when you are chewing, such as fresh bread and crackers. Chewing sugar-free gum can help to stimulate the salivary glands and moisten the mouth.

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