As a woman, a third of your life may be happening after menopause. This life-changing event increases your risk of dry mouth. As your body produces less estrogen and progesterone, your saliva may change and you may not have enough to protect against tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
About 4 million Americans suffer from Sjogren’s syndrome,2 an autoimmune condition that also causes dry mouth, as well as dry eyes. It’s nine times more common in women3 and often shows up in your 40s, 50s and 60s.
Your chances of having "burning mouth syndrome" increase with hormonal changes and dry mouth, as well. This is a burning sensation that can extend from your tongue to your lips, gums, cheeks, palate and throat.
Your dentist can recommend ways to relieve your oral symptoms and maintain good oral health for years to come. Let your dentist know if you’re undergoing menopause or think you may be going through it. Share any oral pain, dryness, sores or other problems you are experiencing, which will help better diagnose and treat your symptoms.