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World Osteoporosis Day

19 October 2023

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The Dental Health Foundation supports World Osteoporosis Day. 

Research indicates a connection between osteoporosis and decreased oral health. People with osteoporosis are more susceptible to gum disease, low bone mineral density, and tooth loss.

Osteoporosis-related jawbone loss can lead to complications in dental health. Low bone mineral density can increase the risk of tooth loss and make procedures like implants, dentures, and bridges more challenging due to weakened bones.

Both periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and osteoporosis involve bone resorption, which is the shrinking and loss of bone tissue. Several studies have shown a link between these two conditions, with each one being a risk factor for the other.

While some factors contributing to osteoporosis and tooth loss, such as genetics, age, and hormonal changes, are beyond our control, there are steps we can take to help prevent these issues:

  1. Maintain a balanced diet.
  2. Keep your weight within a healthy range.
  3. Ensure sufficient intake of calcium and vitamin D.
  4. Being active.
  5. Quit smoking.
  6. Limit alcohol consumption.
  7. Take precautions to prevent falls.
  8. Maintain good oral hygiene practices.
  9. Schedule routine dental check-ups.
  10. Inform your dentist about any medications you are taking.

While it may not always be possible to completely prevent osteoporosis and tooth loss, adopting a healthy lifestyle, staying active, and practicing good oral hygiene can help to reduce your risk.