We at the practice of Gregg McKenzie DDS are proud to offer you the dental services and treatments needed to maintain a healthy smile. Through our efficient treatments in periodontics and implant dentistry, we’re able to help our patients overcome a wide variety of dental conditions. As your trusted periodontist in Columbia, SC, we’d like to take the time to talk about a
common, seemingly unrelated, disease that can affect your ability to keep a healthy smile – osteoporosis.
What Is Osteoporosis?
The word ‘osteoporosis’ means porous bones. This disease is characterized by the weakening of the bones, causing them to become much more brittle and breakable. With this condition, something as simple as a fall, coughing, or even walking down steps can cause a bone to fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures are most likely to occur in the hips, wrists, or spine.
How Does Osteoporosis Develop?
Throughout your life, your bones are constantly in a process of building up and breaking down. By the time you get to the age of 30, more of your bone material will break down in a year than there will be bone that’s built up. Over the course of many years or decades, this can lead to your bones becoming fragile.
Who Is at Risk for Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis can potentially affect anyone, but it affects females much more often. In fact, women are actually four times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis. The most common group of patients to get osteoporosis is Caucasian and Asian women over 65, the main reason for this being that after menopause, many women suffer from an estrogen deficiency.
How Is This Related to a Periodontist
Osteoporosis is related to periodontal disease because they’re incredibly similar diseases. Each of them will cause bone loss and having both of these diseases at the same time will lead to a risk of much worse damage.
On its own, osteoporosis can still have an effect on oral health, mainly in the risk of losing your teeth. If your jawbone happens to deteriorate from osteoporosis, your teeth can loosen in their sockets. This can lead to them possibly falling out.
How Can I Prevent Osteoporosis?
While some people will have a genetic predisposition to the disease and there are determining factors that they can’t change (age, sex, and race), there are also many lifestyle changes that can be made to limit the possibility of being afflicted with osteoporosis. These include:
- Maintaining a healthy diet.
- Making sure that you’re not under-eating or underweight.
- Eating plenty of calcium and vitamin D.
- Limiting your intake of sugar, alcohol, protein, sodium, and phosphorous.
- Exercising regularly.
Contact Your Periodontist in Columbia, SC Today!
If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re in search of periodontics or implant dentistry, you can schedule an appointment with us by giving us
a call at (803) 788-0900. We look forward to hearing from you!