If you are a woman, you have probably heard about the high rate of osteoporosis in the country, and the state of Utah is no exception.
Did you know that several studies have suggested a connection between osteoporosis and oral health? Osteoporosis can often progress without any outward symptoms. However, there may be clues in a person's mouth that indicate compromised bones in the rest of the body.
The following dental and periodontal conditions may indicate the presence of osteoporosis:
- Ill-fitting dentures
- Jaw bone recession and erosion
- Problems with ordinary mouth function such as eating or speaking
Women over 50 with a family history have the greatest risk of developing the bone disease, but it is not unheard of in men.
Doctor Bateman can identify the presence of jawbone deterioration with x-rays and other diagnostic tools. If we suspect the possibility of osteoporosis, we can refer you to a local medical professional.