Your Teeth May Be Able to Signal Oncoming Osteoporosis
Posted on 8/15/2019 by Bisson Dentistry
Sometimes, as dentists, we are the ones to diagnose a patient with osteoporosis and send them to their physician. This is because there are many signs given by your mouth that you're losing bone density.
Oral Signs of Osteoporosis
When we review your medical history and look at your teeth and any x-rays we may have taken we can possibly be the first to diagnose you with this disease. Your medical records are important here because they tell us how much of a risk you are for this disease based on things like your genetics, if you've gone through menopause yet, if you smoke or drink, and if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. Of course, there are some other things that we also look for.
When we conduct an oral exam, we can tell if you're losing bone in your jaw or around your teeth. This is something we can keep an eye on each year for you. Taking x-rays helps us notice any decrease in density in any of these areas.
Tooth Loss Even Becomes a Problem
Once you've been diagnosed with osteoporosis and it's grown a bit more advanced, you run the risk of losing some of your teeth. This is because you'll have low bone density, which could grow so severe that you'll need dentures.
Unfortunately, there may come a time when the bone loss is so severe that it's impossible to create functional dentures for you. This isn't good because when you wear dentures that don't fit your mouth properly, you'll develop sores and struggle to speak.
Maintaining good overall health is one of the many things we can help you with. It's a great reason why you shouldn't forego your routine checkups and cleanings by our office. If you don't already have such an appointment scheduled with us, make sure you give us a call today and set one up.
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