Oral Health and Osteoporosis Part 1

Are you aware that bone is an active living cellular material, and serves a variety of purposes?

It serves as the understructure of our bodies, supports muscles, and protects essential organs. Collagen and calcium phosphate crystals are elastic threads that makeup bones (most of the body’s calcium can be found in bones). These particular compounds constitute a solid but flexible structure.

Throughout our lifespan, our bone is cleared away naturally by osteoclast cells and new bone is materialized out of osteoblast cells. The structure of our bones weakens as we age. Osteoporosis may affect any bone in the human body, it is not partial to any single area. If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis you may be wondering exactly how it might impact your dental well-being.

Studies have shown connections between bone loss and osteoporosis in the jaw. If your jaw bone is less dense, tooth loss can occur because the jaw bone is the foundation for our teeth. The National Institute of Health has reported that women who have osteoporosis are three times more likely to go through tooth loss than individuals who do not have osteoporosis. Various other dental related issues such as poorly fitting dentures, gum disease, and unsatisfactory surgical outcomes may result due to poor bone density in the jaw.

Keep an eye out for part two of our blog series about oral health and osteoporosis. To learn additional information on this and other oral health matters, please like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or make an appointment today!