Osteoporosis and your oral health

Researchers have long reported the health consequences of osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become fragile and prone to fractures. Yet, many people do not realize that osteoporosis also affects a person’s oral health – namely, the density of their jaw and teeth. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there is a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw. Further, as the bones in the jaw become less dense, people are likely to experience tooth loss because the teeth are no longer securely anchored.

The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that one-third of adults age 65 and older have lost one or more teeth. In addition, they report that women with osteoporosis are more likely to have difficulty wearing dentures because they can become loose. To prevent osteoporosis, it is recommended that people consume plenty of calcium and Vitamin D and exercise regularly to keep bones strong. It is also wise to get regular X-rays at the dentist to check for possible density loss. If you notice any loose teeth or see that your gums are beginning to recede, talk to your dentist about possible preventive methods. He or she can help you evaluate your options and make changes to counteract the effect of osteoporosis.

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