May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month! Though many people are already familiar with the condition, which is characterized by fragile, low-density bones, the connection to dental health is worth clarifying. Today we’ll discuss the risk factors and the potential impact on your smile. With proper diet and exercise, you may be able to avoid remedial or even emergency dental care related to this condition.
What Causes Osteoporosis? How Can I Reduce My Risk?
Though osteoporosis can run in families, it is more generally linked to a lack of calcium consumption. This condition disproportionately affects women; those who do not undertake hormone replacement therapy during and after menopause may be at greater risk. One of the best ways to proactively help prevent osteoporosis is to incorporate foods into your diet that have a high calcium and vitamin D content. Regularly engaging in strength-building exercises can also help fend off osteoporosis.
How Does Osteoporosis Affect Dental Health?
Osteoporosis can affect and damage jawbones as well as trigger a number of other dental and oral health issues. Individuals living with osteoporosis may experience gum disease, loss of teeth, and tooth mobility (shifting) at greater rates. Osteoporosis can also impact the success of various dental surgeries, and it’s often recommended to delay these treatments if possible. Even those with full dentures can be affected, with bone weakness affecting the natural ridges that hold dentures in place. In these cases, denture replacement or adjustments are likely to be more frequent.
Whether you’re seeking basic dental hygiene, emergency dental care, or a more complex procedure, Dentistry By Design is prepared to help you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about our services or to book an appointment!