Osteoporosis is an incurable condition in which bones become weak and brittle. Often, it is not diagnosed until bone density has been reduced significantly. However, oral health problems may be one of the first signs that osteoporosis is occurring in a patient. This is another reason why it is important to have regular checkups with your dentist, especially if you are over the age of 50.
Signs of osteoporosis in oral health
Dental x-rays may show a decrease in the density in your jawbone, and year over year your dentist may notice a decrease in the density of the bone surrounding your teeth as well. If bone loss is happening in your jaw and around your teeth, it may be happening in other parts of the body as well.
Sometimes, bone loss in the mouth becomes so advanced that dentures become loose or suddenly don’t fit as well as they used to.
The best way to stay on top of osteoporosis is to get enough vitamin D and calcium. Continue your regular visits to your dentist and to your primary care doctor, and be sure to continue good dental hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing.
At Overland Park Family Dental, we provide dental care for patients of all ages. Whether you need dentures, dental implants, or just your regular check-up and cleaning, Dr. Gallagher will take care of you and your dental needs. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gallagher today to stay on top of your oral health. Give our friendly staff a call or simply schedule your appointment online.