No Bones About It: Gum Disease Increases Risk of Osteoporosis
Researchers at the University of Buffalo and the University of New York at Buffalo found that most people diagnosed with periodontal disease were at a higher risk of underlying osteoporosis. Published in the Journal of Periodontology, the study involved more than 2,500 postmenopausal women. It found that women with low bone density, or osteoporosis, were at an 86 percent risk of having gum disease, the major cause of tooth loss in those older than 35 years.
Researchers also discovered a very strong relationship between the advanced form of gum disease that causes bone loss, gum-attachment loss, tooth loss, and osteoporosis.
It is believed that eliminating gum disease may also help combat osteoporosis, which affects more than 20 million people in the United States, accounting for nearly 2 million fractures a year.
Once again, the link between gum disease and overall health cannot be overemphasized.
Maintain a regular schedule of dental cleanings with your dentist, and be constantly vigilant against gum disease. It could save your life.
We hope that this information will change your mind about the importance of seeing your dentist for a hygiene appointment.