Osteoporosis and Tooth Loss in the Jaw

Osteoporosis and Tooth Loss in the JawOsteoporosis is a condition in which bone tissue deteriorates and becomes porous. It can cause fragile bones throughout the body and make hips, spines, and other bones more susceptible to fracture. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology in 2007 found a link between osteoporosis and tooth loss as well.

Declining jawbone density may lead to a number of dental problems, including lost teeth. More than 30 percent of Americans over the age of 65 have suffered from lost teeth. Women with osteoporosis have a three times higher risk of tooth loss than other women.

Although osteoporosis has long been considered “the silent disease” because it causes few noticeable symptoms until a fracture occurs, the link between osteoporosis and tooth loss can serve as an important early red flag.

Dental symptoms associated with osteoporosis include severe gum disease, badly fitting dentures, difficulty eating or speaking, receding or detached gums, and loose teeth. Any of these symptoms indicate a trip to our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist is in order. An oral examination including dental x-rays may be necessary to determine if there is decreased bone density in the jawbone.

Osteoporosis is not an inevitable part of aging. A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D and regular physical exercise can strengthen your bones. Regular brushing and flossing can reduce gum disease and your risk of tooth loss. Any signs of gum disease including detached, receding, red, or swollen gums and loose teeth should be reported as soon as possible to our Los Angeles dentist.

Source: Los Angeles Dentist

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