Published: 05/14/2018

Osteoporosis is familiar to most people as a degenerative bone disease. A condition that more commonly affects women, it results in weak, brittle bones that are at greater risk of fracture. Osteoporosis has also been linked with periodontal disease. The two have been found to have a reciprocal relationship. Patients with periodontal disease are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis and vice versa. This is an important discovery that can help you, and your periodontist in Rockville, MD, to preserve your smile and your bone health.

Your Bones and Your Gums Are Linked

Patients who already have osteoporosis may experience an acceleration of periodontal disease symptoms. When gum disease sets in, the infection may progress to bone loss much faster than it otherwise would in those with healthy bone density.

Patients with advanced gum disease also suffer from bone loss. The bacteria that destroy the connective tissue also attack the bone tissue that supports the teeth. It is actually quite common for patients with prolonged gum disease to need bone grafting and augmentation in order to have tooth replacement procedures performed, due to the extensive loss of bone.

What You Can Do to Keep Bones Healthy

  • Schedule regular visits to your periodontist in Rockville, MD. Routine x-rays, exams, and periodontal maintenance can provide early detection of gum disease.
  • Schedule regular visits to your medical doctor to ensure that you receive the medication or supplements that you need to protect your bones.
  • Commit to a good oral care regimen, which includes a minimum of twice daily brushing and flossing once a day. Keeping your smile free of periodontal infection will save your jaw bone.
  • Add weight bearing exercises to your workout routine. Aerobics, running, and strength training, for example, have been found to build bone strength.
  • Increase your intake of calcium rich foods like cheese and yogurt to ensure that you get the nutrients your bones require.

The best way to find out about bone health is to ask questions. Call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Rice and discuss your concerns one-on-one. Dr. Rice can help you understand the link between gum health and osteoporosis while offering the information and care that will protect your bone health.

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