Menopause Teeth Shifting: How to Prevent It?

Last updated 07.02.2024 | by Sabrina Johnson | 8 Minutes Read

This article has been reviewed and fact checked by Dr. Karen Pike, a senior physician administrator and board-certified emergency room doctor actively working in northern California. Read more at our medical disclaimer page.

Have you ever experienced or heard about menopause teeth shifting? Sounds weird, right?

Well, it’s less commonly spoken about, but menopause can also affect your oral health. If you’re in the transition phase and feel your smile isn’t quite the same or changes in your mouth and teeth, then menopause might be the cause. Maybe your teeth feel a little looser, or there’s a subtle shift you hadn’t noticed before.

Studies show that up to 60% of women experience some form of oral discomfort during menopause [1]. Here, discomfort can mean a whole range of issues, from loose teeth and gum sensitivity to teeth shifting.

Teeth shifting is common during menopause, and today, I will elaborate on this. This article will help you understand how menopause affects teeth, prevention strategies, and some necessary lifestyle modifications.

So, let’s explore how to maintain your beautiful smile and prevent menopause teeth shifting!

How Menopause Affects Teeth

Experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and forgetfulness during menopause isn’t surprising at all. These are very common yet unpleasant symptoms that every menopausal woman out there faces.

But who knew our teeth could be on that list, too? During this transition, our formerly solid smiles might face some unexpected shifts.

But how does menopause cause teeth-related problems? Let’s find out who the actual culprit is!


Yes, you guessed it right. Estrogen, our trusty friend, or should I say foe, is behind all this. This hormone regulates our menstrual cycle and keeps our bones strong, including the jawbone, the very foundation of our teeth.

Estrogen ensures that bones stay strong and dense as well as teeth function properly. However, during menopause, the decline in estrogen leads to bone loss and less support for our teeth.

Around 70% of women experiencing menopause say that they have noticed at least one oral health symptom [2].

This weakening of the jawbone can have some pretty undesirable consequences for our teeth, such as:

  • Looseness: As estrogen levels drop, our jawbone loses density, and the grip on our teeth weakens. This is the reason our teeth feel loose or wiggly.
  • Shifting and Misalignment: When one tooth loses its support due to bone loss, it might start to tilt, pushing against other teeth. Due to this, our entire smile can shift and become misaligned.

    While not everyone experiences teeth shifting during menopause, some women notice subtle changes in their bite or the spacing between their teeth.
  • Gum Recession: As the jawbone shrinks, the gums that hug the base of our teeth can recede, exposing the root surface. This not only makes our teeth look longer but also increases the risk of gum disease.

I haven’t experienced any major teeth shifting yet, but my gums are a bit more sensitive than they used to be. It’s a good reminder to prioritize my oral hygiene routine and keep a close eye on any changes.

Preventing Teeth Shifting During Menopause

Now that we’ve discovered menopause can affect our dental health, it’s time to explore the preventive measures we must take to manage the conditions and strengthen our teeth.

Oral Hygiene

Brushing your teeth twice a day is necessary to maintain good oral health, and it becomes even more crucial during menopause. It helps prevent plaque and bacteria that can contribute to gum disease.

  • Technique: You should use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste to gently brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle for two minutes. Remember to reach the backs of your teeth and your tongue!
  • Flossing: Flossing once a day helps remove plaque and debris between your teeth, where brushing can’t reach. It may seem tedious, but trust me, healthy gums are your best defense against teeth shifting.
  • Mouthwash: Use fluoride mouthwash after brushing for additional plaque control and to freshen your breath.

Dental Checkups

Schedule regular checkups (at least twice a year). This helps your dentist identify any signs of bone loss, gum disease, or early signs of teeth shifting before they become major issues.

Early detection is crucial to control severe cases. Your dentist can recommend personalized treatments and strategies to prevent further problems. 

They can also provide professional cleanings that remove stubborn plaque and tartar buildup, giving your teeth a clean slate.

Calcium and Vitamin D

Our teeth and bones also need the right nutrients to remain healthy. Here’s how calcium and vitamin D come to the rescue:

Calcium: Calcium is the building block of strong bones and teeth [3]. Consume calcium daily through foods like dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified foods.

Vitamin D: This vitamin helps your body absorb calcium. While sunlight exposure can help, many of us don’t get enough, so consider talking to your doctor about a vitamin D supplement.

Dry Mouth Control

Dry mouth, a common symptom of menopause, can worsen teeth shifting by creating an environment where bad bacteria thrive. Here’s how to manage it:

  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your mouth moist. Carry a reusable water bottle and sip regularly.
  • Sugar-Free Lozenges: Sucking on sugar-free lozenges can stimulate saliva production and keep your mouth feeling fresh.
  • Talk to Your Dentist: They might recommend saliva substitutes or gels.

I keep a water bottle by my bedside table, a lifesaver after those night sweats! Plus, I love sugar-free mints, so keeping a stash handy helps me manage dry mouth and freshen my breath.

Remember, ladies, by implementing these strategies and working with your dentist, you can build a strong foundation for your smiles that will last a lifetime.

Additional Considerations and Lifestyle Tips

After covering the essential preventive strategies, let’s dive straight into some lifestyle tips that can be helpful:

Stop Teeth Grinding

Do you know teeth grinding (bruxism) can worsen shifting teeth during menopause? This unconscious habit puts excessive pressure on your teeth and jawbone, leading to acceleration of bone loss and misalignment.

Stress Management

Stress can be a major reason behind teeth grinding. So, you should find healthy ways to manage stress.

  • Yoga or Meditation: Take a few minutes each day to breathe deeply and quiet your mind. It can do wonders for reducing stress.
  • Exercise: Physical activity is a great stress reliever and also promotes bone health. Follow a regular exercise routine.
  • Therapy: If you’re struggling with chronic stress, consider talking to a therapist. They can provide tools and techniques for managing stress effectively.

Quit Smoking and Excessive Alcohol

These habits aren’t good for our overall health, and they’re especially detrimental to our teeth and bones during menopause.

  • Smoking: Smoking weakens bones and gums, making them more susceptible to damage and increasing the risk of gum disease.
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol can interfere with calcium absorption and contribute to bone loss.

During menopause, I’ve noticed how even a few extra glasses of wine can make my mouth feel drier. So, I’m extra mindful of my alcohol intake now and trying to quit altogether.

Remember, a healthy smile starts from within!

Taking care of your overall health is crucial for strong teeth and bones during menopause.

  • Get Enough Sleep: Try getting enough sleep. Seven to eight hours of sleep each night is crucial. Sleep deprivation can disrupt hormones, including estrogen, and contribute to bone loss.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight: Being overweight or obese can increase inflammation in the body, potentially impacting bone health.
  • Talk to Your Doctor: Discuss your concerns about bone health and teeth shifting with your doctor. They might recommend a bone density scan or additional tests to assess your individual needs.


Is menopause the only reason my teeth might be shifting?

Menopause can contribute to teeth shifting, but it’s not the only reason. Age-related bone loss, gum disease, and even habits like teeth grinding can also cause misalignment. It’s always a good idea to discuss any concerns with your dentist.

Will I need braces to fix my shifting teeth?

Not necessarily! Early intervention with improved oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can often prevent major shifting. However, if you’re experiencing significant misalignment, your dentist might recommend orthodontic treatments like braces, retainers, or Invisalign.

What are some signs I should watch out for?

Be on the lookout for any changes in your bite, difficulty chewing, increased sensitivity, or spaces appearing between your teeth. These could be signs of teeth shifting, so visit your dentist for evaluation and personalized advice.


Menopause may bring its share of changes, but a shifting smile doesn’t have to be one of them. By prioritizing oral hygiene, working with your dentist, and adopting healthy lifestyle habits, we can build strong foundations for our smiles and keep them sparkling with confidence throughout this transition.


  • Sabrina Johnson

    Meet Sabrina Johnson, a compassionate author and a seasoned expert in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a driving force behind Simply Menopause, where her extensive medical knowledge and empathetic nature come together to empower women in their menopausal journey. Sabrina offers culturally sensitive guidance and support through her approachable writing, making her a trusted friend on the path to menopause wellness.

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