menopause and aching teeth
April 21, 2008 12:28 AM   Subscribe

does any going through menopause have aching teeth and if so have you found any remedy
posted by johnmarg to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
I started menopause about 10 years ago. Any aching teeth I've had since were unrelated to "the change." I recommend you see your dentist ASAP.
posted by Carol Anne at 5:38 AM on April 21, 2008

No aching teeth here, either. If it's just your upper teeth, you might consider sinus trouble.
posted by PatoPata at 7:31 AM on April 21, 2008

I bet you started grinding your teeth in your sleep. From this dentist's web site, describing TMJ and bruxism (tooth-grinding):

"Up to 1 in 4 people may have some symptoms. Both men and women are affected equally, although women tend to seek treatment more often than men. The symptoms can often start with the menopause or other hormonal changes."

If this is what's going on, you can get fitted for a mouth guard to wear at night that will help.
posted by selfmedicating at 8:05 AM on April 21, 2008

I'm going through the (early) change and, yes, I've had problems with my teeth and gums. Not achy exactly, just...not right. Can't explain it more than that, they just feel weird. I've been to the dentist and there's nothing wrong tooth-wise. I do have sinus problems, which may be a part of it, but it's *definitely* been worse since my hormones went doolally.

Sorry, I can't offer any remedies -- it's just one more of the joys of this special time.
posted by mtonks at 1:20 AM on April 22, 2008

thanks for the comments
I think it has to do with the levels of progesterone cream i use
the progesterone makes a big difference and if I can get the levels right (which is difficult) the pain seems to be mitigated
posted by johnmarg at 8:26 PM on April 23, 2008

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