Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone tissue that frequently affects postmenopausal women, but also occasionally affects men. The disease is characterized by fragile bones, low bone mass, and an overall decrease in bone density.
Studies show that osteoporosis and periodontal disease are interconnected. In fact, one study showed that postmenopausal women with osteoporosis were 86% more likely to develop periodontal or gum disease.
What’s the Cause of the Link?
Experts aren’t sure why osteoporosis sufferers are more susceptible to gum disease, but there are some theories. Following menopause, women experience deteriorating estrogen levels, which can speed up levels of bone loss. If left to worsen, attachment loss can occur, which describes the loss of the tissues and fibers that are necessary for keeping gums and teeth stable.
Osteoporosis sufferers already experience low bone density loss. Periodontal disease will only increase the amount of inflammation, making you even more susceptible to the weakening of the bones over time.
Diagnosis and Treatment
If you suffer from osteoporosis, Dr. Brusky will use routine dental X-rays to determine if you also suffer from periodontal disease. The good news is that the condition can be treated and that treating periodontal disease will also help treat osteoporosis.
Other treatments include estrogen supplements and limiting risk factors, such as tobacco use, obesity, and poor diet.
Those patients in De Pere, Shawano, Howard, Seymour, and Pulaski who wonder about the link between osteoporosis and periodontal disease, can call (920) 662-1440 to get more information.