In the first decade after the onset of menopause, women can suffer a rapid spike in bone loss as estrogen levels drop. Lower estrogen levels also impact the mouth and cause inflammatory changes in the body that can lead to gingivitis, a precursor to gum disease.
Knowing how bone loss occurs throughout the body in menopause, researchers in a recent study set out to find a way for doctors to identify women at risk for both gum disease and osteoporosis.
To test the hypothesis that women at-risk for bone fractures might also be at-risk for gum disease, researchers used a Fracture Assessment Risk Tool known as FRAX. This tool calculates a person’s absolute fracture risk or an estimate of the chance of breaking a bone in the next ten years.
They found that postmenopausal women with high FRAX scores showed the strongest signs of gum disease, a result that suggests bone-loss scores could provide a reliable indicator of gum disease.
If you have concerns about bone loss and gum disease, Dr. Douglas Angell and the dental hygienists at Angell’s Dentistry will be happy to answer your questions. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. We invite you to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.