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How Dentists Can Spot Osteoporosis

January 23, 2014

Osteoporosis is one disease that seriously affects the quality of life of those suffering from it. Often, the diagnosis of this disease takes place at a later stage, thus rendering the treatment ineffective due to the delay. Your dentist however is one person who can detect the disease in time. Another reason to visit your dentist regularly!

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the density of bones and impacts more than 40 million people in the U.S. alone. Resulting in low bone mass , those affected by this disease are more prone to fractures or breaks. Those with osteoporosis may also have loss of teeth due to poor jawbone density or problems in the hip and spine. The disease drastically reduces the quality of life for sufferers, especially seniors, forcing them to lead relatively sedentary lives.

How Dentists Diagnose Osteoporosis ?

Dental X-Rays:

Research has established that a study of dental x-rays reveal a trend that could point towards a possibility of osteoporosis. The bone health of the jaw could act as a clear indicator to the bone health of the rest of the body too.

Tooth Mobility Concerns:

Loosening of the teeth or an increase in tooth mobility is a sure indication that something is wrong with the ligaments or bone that offer support. Once the dentist has diagnosed the underlying cause, a physician could very well single out osteoporosis as the culprit.

Dentures:

Dentures that don’t fit right can alert the dentist, allowing him to look into other possibilities for the problem.

Dentists take care of their patients’ oral health and thanks to their timely judgment, patients who are found to be at a risk of osteoporosis can immediately take steps to fight the disease. Detected at an early stage, the scope for treatment widens, thus helping patients lead normal lives.

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