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Treatment with estrogen for postmenopausal osteoporosis may also combat periodontal disease and thus improve overall oral health. (Photograph: one photo/Shutterstock)
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Estrogen therapy helps reduce periodontitis in postmenopausal women

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SALVADOR, Brazil/BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: Attributed to the reduction in estrogen levels from the onset of menopause, some women become more prone to numerous health issues, including hot flashes, but also more serious conditions, such as osteoporosis, which is managed with estrogen therapy. A new study has now shown that this treatment could also lower the prevalence of severe periodontitis in postmenopausal women.

The study included 492 postmenopausal women, 113 of whom received osteoporosis treatment and 379 who did not. It showed that those who received systemic estrogen alone, or estrogen plus progestin, and calcium and vitamin D supplements for at least six months had lower periodontal probing depth, less clinical attachment loss and less gingival bleeding than women not receiving treatment for osteoporosis. In particular, the prevalence of severe periodontitis was 44 percent lower in the osteoporosis treatment group than in the other group.

“This study demonstrates that estrogen therapy, which has proven to be effective in preventing bone loss, may also prevent the worsening of tooth and gum disease. All women, but especially those with low estrogen or on bisphosphonate treatment for osteoporosis, should make good dental care a part of their healthy lifestyles,” concluded Prof. JoAnn Pinkerton, Executive Director of the North American Menopause Society.

The study, titled “Association between osteoporosis treatment and severe periodontitis in postmenopausal women,” was published online ahead of print on Feb. 20 in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society. It was conducted at several scientific and state health institutions in Brazil in collaboration with the State University of New York.

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