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Dr. Benjamin Woo & Associates

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Periodontal Disease and Osteoporosis

Periodontal Disease and Osteoporosis - Newmarket dentists by Woo Dental

It is no secret that periodontal disease contributes to bone loss, especially when the case is severe.  

When the infection spreads in your teeth, it can damage the gum tissues and affects the jawbone. A recent study showed the link between bone density and the risk for gum disease.

Periodontitis damages the bone in the jaw, which makes anyone more prone to osteoporosis. 

Your dentist can first detect osteoporosis by reviewing your medical history, clinical results and x-ray. 

Here are the possible warning signs of osteoporosis :

  • Teeth are falling out. The loss of teeth is more common in people with low bone mineral density.
  • Bone loss around the mouth and teeth. An increase in bone loss in the mouth can indicate bone loss in other parts of the body. 

Early detection of osteoporosis and periodontitis dramatically reduces the risk of these conditions.  Following a diagnosis, the dentist will work alongside the patient’s physician to make sure that they can effectively manage the disease.

To diagnose both osteoporosis and periodontitis, here are the standard methods used:

Routine dental x-rays

Using X-rays, the dentist examines the jaw. By this method, the dentist can provide recommendations as to how to treat periodontitis. Through X-rays, the dentist can detect the development of osteoporosis. 

Identifying risk factors

Dentists and doctors will closely work together to examine the patients’ family  and medical history that can elevate the risk of periodontitis and osteoporosis

Estrogen supplements

At menopause, women’s estrogen levels decrease, potentially resulting in periodontal disease. By taking estrogen supplements, one can reduce their risk of developing gingivitis.

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