Oral health is an important part of counseling for peri- and postmenopausal women.

  • Incidence of periodontitis increases after menopause.
  • Hormone replacement therapy appears to be protective.
  • Primary care clinicians should counsel peri- and postmenopausal women about maintaining good oral hygiene.

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Buencamino MCA, et al. How menopause affects oral health and what we can do about it. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.  2009; 76(8):467-475.

Haas AN, Rösing CK, Oppermann RV, et al. Association Among Menopause, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Periodontal Attachment Loss in Southern Brazilian Women. J Periodontol. 2009; 80(9): 1380-1387.