All About Osteoporosis
According to the National Institute of Health, osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture.
It affects older men and women as well as any bone in the body. However, hip bones, the spine and wrists are most likely to be affected. Over 40 million people in the U.S., either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone mass.
The Link Between Bone Disease and Teeth
Research shows that osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw are linked. Since your jaw supports and anchors your teeth, it’s no surprise dental health is linked to this bone disease.
According to Dickson dentist Dr. Gatgens, when the jawbone is less dense, you can lose teeth. According to the NIH, tooth loss affects one-third of 65 and older adults.
Loose teeth are another condition linked to osteoporosis which can be a problem for older people who rely on dentures to eat. Furthermore, medication typically prescribed for bone disease can affect the decision of dental treatments.
Accent Smile Center’s Dr. Gatgens reminds you to disclose all your health information to your dentist, so he or she can make the best decisions for your unique oral health.
Accent Smile Center Can Help
You can ask your dentist to do dental x-rays in order to screen for osteoporosis.
Research suggests dental x-rays are really effective in distinguishing people with bone density issues versus normal bone density.
A dentist is really in a great position to help with bone health since loose teeth or tooth loss, receding gums or even detaching gums can all be indicators of osteoporosis.
Even ill-fitting dentures can indicate low bone mass or at the very least a change that needs further attention.
Ways to Keep Bones Strong
- Eat a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D
- No smoking
- Limit alcohol
- Exercising regularly, from walking to weight training
If your older and feel there has been a shift in your oral health, specifically loose teeth or receding gums, it’s time to visit your dental office.
If you live in the Dickson area, come by Accent Smile Center for dental X-rays and a consultation.