Osteoporosis is a disease that makes our bones more brittle and vulnerable to fracture.This disease disrupts the bodies balance of resorbing old bone and growing new bone. In essence you lose bone faster than you gain it.
This disease tends to affect women more than men and can lead to a fractured hip or even a curved spine as we age. Osteoporosis also has an effect on our dental health.
How does osteoporosis aeffect dental health?
- Osteoporosis reduces bone density and volume in the jaws that holds our teeth in place. Research has shown that women with osteoporosis suffer from more tooth loss than those without the disease.
- Progressive gum disease can also cause deterioration in the bone surrounding the teeth. Combined with osteoporosis this can be a recipe for losing teeth fast. Maintaining Good Dental hygiene at home can help keep this in check.
- Denture wearers with osteoporosis will lose bone density and volume leading to loose and Ill fitting dentures.
Unfortunately, most patients have no idea they have the disease.
Many different factors can increase the chance of developing osteoporosis. These include age, illness, personal habits, medications, diet, genetics.
Marielaina Perrone DDS can notice changes in bone levels from radiographs that are taken over time to note if there are any abnormal changes.