Did you know that June is National Osteoporosis Awareness month? In fact, about 25% of women in the United States will experience bone loss (osteoporosis) at some point in the lifetime—typically during or after menopause. Osteoporosis can lead to an increased risk for bone fracture. Many of our patients are surprised to learn that osteoporosis can affect your oral health, too. Your Chicago cosmetic and restorative dentist, Dr. James Fondriest and our team share facts about osteoporosis and offer some helpful tips for preventing bone loss.
Facts about Osteoporosis
Although osteoporosis affects women more commonly than men, both men and women possess a heightened risk for osteoporosis during their middle aged years because the body may stop generating new bone tissue or begin to absorb minerals from bone because of a decrease in the production of sex hormones. Loss of bone density can make the bones brittle, especially in the spine, hips, knees, and arms.
Osteoporosis and Your Oral Health
Did you know that osteoporosis can occur in any bone in the body? In some cases, patients experience bone loss in their jaw. This can affect oral health in a number of ways. Osteoporosis in the jawbone can lead to tooth wear, malocclusions, and TMJ disorder. At your annual dental checkup, Dr. Fondriest will conduct dental X-rays and look for signs of bone loss. Our team will also check for signs of tooth wear and TMJ disorder.
Osteoporosis Prevention in Chicago
Some research indicates that living an active lifestyle and eating a healthy, balanced diet can help prevent the incidence of osteoporosis. Many medical professionals encourage the use of supplements such as calcium, too. Dr. Fondriest also recommends that our patients avoid using tobacco and drinking excessively.
For questions or to schedule an appointment for cosmetic, restorative, or general dentistry, contact our Lake Forest office (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from all of the neighboring Chicago communities.