Periodontal Disease is one of the Causes of Osteoporosis
Periodontitis is a preventable and treatable infection of the gums and supporting bone, during which bacteria begin to destroy the healthy tissues and structures that keep teeth in place. Dr. Paul Snisky and Dr. Stephen Stein seek to inform patients in Scarsdale, NY of the connection between periodontitis and osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is essentially bone loss that develops over time. It can occur in both men and women, and it is thought that at least 40 million individuals have osteoporosis or will someday have it. The signs of osteoporosis are weakening of the bones, reduction in height and sometimes bone pain in more advanced stages.
The connection between osteoporosis and periodontitis has to do with the bone loss. If periodontitis is not stopped, the bone in the jaw will start to deteriorate. This will then cause the teeth to become loose, which may result in eventual tooth loss. On the other hand, if a patient already has osteoporosis, he or she will be at a greater chance of losing bone and teeth if periodontitis is allowed to persist.
Dr. Snisky and Dr. Stein work with patients who are concerned about osteoporosis causes in Scarsdale, NY and want to maintain their oral health in an effort to stave off the risk of developing either disease.
Some of the best ways that patients can keep periodontitis at bay include:
In the same way, osteoporosis can also be avoided by:
- Having regular dental examinations, cleanings, and x-rays
- Flossing daily and brushing correctly with an appropriate toothbrush at least twice each day
- Treating any existing gum disease and maintaining tissues thereafter
- Drinking and eating calcium and Vitamin D rich foods and beverages
- Exercising on a regular basis with weights, if possible
- Avoiding alcohol
- Stopping any use of tobacco
Dr. Snisky and Dr. Stein look forward to working with you in Scarsdale, NY to maintain excellent health now and for years to come. Call our office today to schedule your periodontal evaluation.