Your dental health and osteoporosis

June 23, 2009

Understanding the risk of osteoporosis

Your dental health and osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, which most commonly affects men and women over age 45, is characterized by a loss of bone density. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, patients with osteoporosis may experience broken teeth and gum disease. This is because teeth, like bones, begin to deteriorate, and may lose their ability to stay strong despite regular dental care.

If you have osteoporosis, now is a great time to learn about proper dental care to protect your teeth. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Brushing regularly: Brushing is your No.1 defense against tooth decay
  • Improve your brushing technique: Osteoporosis can make your teeth more brittle; use a soft-bristled brush and avoid hard scrubbing
  • Use fluoride toothpaste: Fluoride can help strengthen enamel and control plaque
  • Floss twice daily: Flossing helps keep gums healthy
  • Schedule regular visits to your dentist: Your dentist can identify the early signs of gum disease that have no symptoms

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