October 2019

Osteoporosis and Your Oral Health

By the year 2020, it is predicted that more than half of the American population over age 50 will be affected by osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that is characterized by weak, fragile and less dense bones. Women and the elderly population are more at risk, as osteoporosis is known to be caused by aging and menopause as well as lack of Vitamin D and calcium.

While osteoporosis is a common condition, there are some very serious risks. Osteoporosis can not only cause you to become “hunched-over” and lose height, but brittle bones can fracture and break very easily. Unfortunately, the consequences don’t stop there. A less obvious setback of osteoporosis sufferers includes problems within your oral health.

Since osteoporosis can affect overall health, quality of life and dental health, it is a disease worth paying attention to. Osteoporosis is not inevitable. In fact, even if you have weak bones in your genetics, there are still things you can do to keep your bones strong as you age, including the following:

  • Get adequate Vitamin D.
  • Consume extra calcium, especially from foods!
  • Exercise regularly, focusing on weight-bearing activities and balance.
  • Avoid excessive smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Schedule bone density screenings.
  • Report signs of gum detachment, ill-fitting dentures and loose teeth to your dentist.

Why Osteoporosis Affects Your Smile Health

While your teeth are not considered bones, the jaw that supports them is one of the most essential bones in your body. When the jawbone loses density, the teeth no longer get the support they need to stay stable. This can lead to tooth loss or ill-fitting dentures in those that have already lost teeth since osteoporosis changes the bony ridge that holds dentures in place. A loss of jaw bone can also affect the shape of the lower face, as well as cause the gums to recede or detach. The dental health effects of osteoporosis are more likely to affect women than men. If you find yourself needing very frequent denture relines or new dentures, you may be suffering from osteoporosis.

Trust an Expert in Senior Dentistry

Dr. Wayne Suway in Marietta is uniquely equipped to provide senior dentistry services, which always includes careful monitoring of symptoms of osteoporosis in the mouth and educating patients on ways to prevent bone loss as they age. Contact our office today to schedule your consult.

Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

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Atlanta, GA 30339
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Don’t Dismiss the Mouth Body Connection

Woman Smiling Atlanta GAIn 2000, the US Surgeon General referred to the mouth as a “mirror” of health and disease in the body. That is a strong statement, and one that should never be ignored or dismissed. The condition and health of your mouth has a strong influence on the health of your body. In fact, good dental health can reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even premature birth. It’s a two-way street that, if better understood, would likely lead to less skipped dental appointments and better oral hygiene.

How is your dental health linked to your overall health?

It is no surprise that your mouth contains bacteria. While some bacteria is good for you, other forms of bacteria are harmful and can even contribute to disease. Furthermore, the “bad” bacteria may not stay in your mouth. Experts say that the bacteria that causes decay and gum disease may also have the ability to travel to other parts of your body or trigger an immunological reaction within the body that causes chronic diseases and other health issues.

There are two prominent theories surrounding the connection between oral health and body health. The first suggests that when there is an infection in the mouth (gum disease), your body produces specific chemical to fight the disease during an immune response. These chemicals, according to some researchers, can play a role in the development of heart disease and other health complications. The second theory involves the belief that oral bacteria can travel and infect other tissues throughout the body, including your heart, liver, and gut.

While research is still ongoing to prove just how strong the link is between oral disease and system health conditions, there is no denying the fact that good dental health promotes a healthy body.

What can you do?

First and foremost, schedule and attend that routine dental exam. These are vital appointments that can detect gum disease and decay at their earliest stages, before they cause irreversible harm to your smile and before they compromise your overall health. Call Dr. Wayne Suway today to book your dental cleaning!

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Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD – Atlanta Dentist
1820 The Exchange SE, Suite 600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (770) 953-1752

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