Osteoporosis : A woman’s mouth can say a lot about it
If you’re a woman, particularly age 50 or above, your dentist may be the first health professional to suspect you have osteoporosis and refer you to a physician before the disease advances. Osteoporosis weakens bones by reducing their density. Although the disease may strike any gender at any age, the vast majority of sufferers are women over age 50.
Osteoporosis is difficult to detect, and most patients are not diagnosed until their bone density has decreased to the point that a fracture occurs. However, symptoms of tooth loss or gum disease could indicate early stages of osteoporosis. Your dentist may detect the onset of the disease based on oral symptoms. This is why it’s important to visit Dr.Nechupadam Dental,Marine Drive regularly.
Signs of osteoporosis which can help you to diagnose it..
- Bone loss in the jaw.This may be a sign of bone loss in other parts of the body.
- Tooth loss.Studies suggest that women with low bone mineral density tend to lose more teeth.
- Ill-fitting dentures in post-menopausal woman.Studies show that post-menopausal women with osteoporosis need new dentures three times more often after age 50 than women without osteoporosis.
You can help prevent osteoporosis by:
- Getting enough calcium each day, through diet or supplements (women/1,200mg; men/800mg; anyone over age 65/1,500mg)
- Adding vitamin D to your diet
- Quitting smoking
- Decreasing caffeine and alcohol intake