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Oral Care and Osteoporosis

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 18, 2019
Newton Wellesley Dental Partners, Newton, MA

If you are currently an osteoporosis patient, it is critical that you maintain perfect and regular care of your teeth. Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners wants you to know that, "if you are about to enter into treatment for osteoporosis, it is critical that you have a thorough evaluation of your dental health and have all the treatment done prior to receiving any osteoporosis IV or oral medication".

Bone is constantly being broken down and then built up again. Osteoporosis medications interfere with the breaking down of bone, thus slowing down the bone-loss process. This can affect your teeth and jaw.

Bisphosphonates have caused serious bone healing issues, so it is imperative that you inform your dentist if on any of these medications. If you have taken or are currently taking any medicine for osteoporosis and have dental treatment coming up, you may want to submit for a simple test to see if you can safely be treated.

Oral health maintenance is important in patients with osteoporosis. Bisphosphonate therapy or other medical treatment for these people should be discontinued only after consultation with your physician. Dental care for patients with osteoporosis and other health conditions is important in order to maintain your overall health.

Dentists can also help in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. Orally, early warning signs of osteoporosis may include more severe gum disease, bone loss around teeth, tooth loss, dentures becoming loose, or ill-fitting dentures. Based on the findings in the patient's medical history, clinical exam, and x-rays, dentist can refer at risk candidates for further bone mineral density testing. Many new studies suggest that dentist have sufficient clinical and radiographic information that enables them to play a significant role in early diagnosis and screening of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

For more information contact Newton Wellesley Dental Partners.

Source: Excerpts – Dentalcare.com