Your teeth after menopause - what you should know.

According to research conducted this past April at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic, post–menopausal women need to increase the frequency of their twice–yearly dental checkups. The study involved comparing women undergoing bone–strengthening bisphosphonate therapies and those who were not, but the findings reported were discovered to affect all women at the age of menopause. All the women involved in the study had higher than normal levels of plaque, and researchers concluded that menopausal women are at higher risk of periodontal disease, along with osteoporosis. Both of these factors can contribute to jaw bone deterioration because plaque left on teeth can initiate gum disease, leading to bone loss and potential eventual tooth loss. The study suggested that post–menopausal women should have at least four dental checkups, with deep periodontal cleanings, per year.