One of the lesser known and unexpected symptoms during the menopause years is a lack of saliva leading to a dry mouth. As with most of the symptoms women experience during this time, dry mouth may be due to a hormone imbalance, specifically a drop in estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen is responsible for helping to regulate the fluids in your body. Your salivary glands are affected by the fluctuating levels of these two hormones leading to the mucus membranes in your nose and mouth becoming thinner and drier. This may leave your mouth feeling sticky and dry.
Dry mouth, known as xerostomia, can also be attributed to other reasons such as the use of certain over-the-counter and prescription medications, including antihistamines, decongestants, and medications for high blood pressure.
As a natural cleansing agent, saliva protects your teeth from the buildup of plaque and controls bacteria. Without sufficient saliva, bacteria can build up leading to bad breath, tooth decay, and an increase in other infections of the mouth. It can also lead to problems chewing, swallowing and talking. You may even experience a chronic sore throat.
Some things to do that may help with your menopause dry mouth include:
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
- Watch what you eat. Avoid hot, spicy, salty or crunchy foods.
- Use a humidifier.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take care of your mouth and gums. Brush your teeth regularly and use oral products that are alcohol free.
- Since dry mouth can lead to dry lips, use a gentle lip balm to keep your lips smooth and moisturized.
- Take a supplement. Pycnogenol® is a powerful natural super-antioxidant supported by an extensive catalog of clinical research showing its anti-inflammatory benefits. It presents an effective natural solution for combating dry mouth and possibly preventing further health complications.
So just what exactly is Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all)? It is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the maritime pine that grows along the coast of France. It is found to contain a unique combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and phenolic acids, which offer extensive benefits. It is a powerful antioxidant, acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, helps generate collagen and hyaluronic acid, and aids in the production of endothelial nitric oxide, which helps to dilate blood vessels.
This antioxidant extract has been widely studied for the past 40 years, with published studies and review articles, ensuring safety and efficacy as an ingredient. I personally have been using Pycnogenol® for over 25 years for its’ many benefits, and was pleased to learn of the research done specifically for dry mouth. Pycnogenol® French maritime pine bark extract is available in more than 1,000 dietary supplements, multi-vitamins, cosmetics and health products worldwide.
Dry mouth affects up to 10 percent of the population and up to 20 percent of advanced age adults, specifically. If you are one of the many suffering with dry mouth, and are looking for relief, follow the guidelines above, including exploring the multiple benefits of Pycnogenol® French maritime pine bark extract. It will put a smile on your face!
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