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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 565-568

Periodontal management of post menopausal women


1 Professor, Department of Periodontics, K.M.Shah Dental College & Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University, Vadodara, India
2 Postgraduate Student, Department of Periodontics, K.M.Shah Dental College & Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University, Vadodara, India

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Dr. Neeraj Deshpande
Professor, Department of Periodontics, K.M.Shah Dental College & Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University, Vadodara
India
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Menopause, resulting from the permanent cessation of menstrual cycle, acts as the potential risk factor for periodontal diseases. Due to the long life-expectancy, today women live about half of their life after menopause. The systemic and oral changes occurring in menopause, due to estrogen deficiency, greatly affect the general com- fort and quality of life of women. Menopause also puts women at an increased risk of alveolar bone loss due to osteoporosis. By using our knowledge of host modulation for treatment of periodontitis and the importance of sup- portive periodontal therapy, we can control the progression of periodontal disease in post-menopausal women. The use of subantimicrobial dose of doxycycline shows a promising and safe future in this regard. But at the same time, it is important to monitor the calcium and vitamin D intake after menopause, to prevent/delay osteopororsis.


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