If you're in the beginning stages of andropause, or male menopause, you may become depressed or upset about the changes in your body, including the changes in your mouth. If your teeth and gums no longer look as healthy as they did before andropause affected you, your depression may become worse. There are positive things you can do to improve how your teeth and gums look, including these below.

Whiten Your Teeth

For some men, male menopause, or decrease in male hormones, can be a life-changing event that affects how they look, feel, and think about themselves and other people. One of the things you might feel uncomfortable about is how your teeth look when you smile. If your teeth no longer look white and brilliant, you may choose to smile less around other people. Having whiter, healthier-looking teeth may be a good way to build up your self-esteem and confidence

If you haven't seen a cosmetic dentist in a while, do so now. A cosmetic dentist may offer safe whitening solutions that not only remove stains from surfaces of your teeth but also tackle stains hidden below your enamel. If you choose to whiten your teeth with store-bought toothpastes and chemicals, they may not offer the same benefits as having your teeth professionally whitened. So keep this in mind when you're ready to cosmetically treat your teeth.

Clean Your Gums to Prevent Gum Disease

Men with low testosterone levels are at risk for periodontal disease, or gum disease, and other oral-health problems. If you don't have gum disease now, but your gums feel sore whenever you brush and floss your teeth, see a dental provider for care. Untreated gum disease can lead to gum recession and tooth loss without immediate treatment.

A dental provider will most likely clean your gums to reduce your risk for gum disease. The cleaning removes the germs that cause the inflammation. If you do develop gum disease in the future, and it causes your gums to recede, a dentist may be able to reshape your damaged gums. You can have your gums reshaped manually with a scalpel, or you may choose to undergo laser treatment. Laser treatment is generally the least painful way to reshape gums. If you would like to learn more about laser gum reshaping, contact a cosmetic dentist near you to see if they offer the service.

For more ways to improve your appearance and protect your gums, contact a cosmetic dentistry today.