Osteoporosis affects about 10 million Americans and another 34 million Americans have low bone density and are at risk of developing osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that one in two women and one in four men older than 50 years are at risk of breaking a bone as a result of osteoporosis.
Low bone density associated with osteoporosis can affect the bones of the jaw, which can lead to tooth loss, gums detaching from the teeth or receding gums, and ill-fitting or loose dentures. This means that your teeth and gums often can serve as an “early warning system” for osteoporosis.
An estimated 94% of women over the age of 65 show signs of dental bone loss; and women with osteoporosis are three times more likely to experience tooth loss than those who do not have the disease.
Since many people see their dentist more regularly then their doctor, dentists are in a unique position to help identify people with low bone density and to encourage them to talk to their doctors about their bone health. In fact, researchers found that dental x-rays can be highly effective in distinguishing people with osteoporosis from those with normal bone density.
If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com; and “like” us on Facebook.