Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disease commonly associated with postmenopausal women. Some of the characteristics of osteoporosis include bone fragility, a decrease in bone mineral density, and low bone mass. Studies have shown that postmenopausal women who have osteoporosis are 86% more likely to suffer from gum disease. Some of the connections between these conditions include:
- Estrogen Deficiency: This deficiency commonly accompanies menopause and can speed up oral bone loss, as well as the loss of attachment fibers and tissues that keep the teeth stable in the mouth.
- Low Mineral Bone Density: A low bone density has been believed to cause osteoporosis, and the inflammation of periodontal disease can make weak bones more prone to breakage. This results in the rapid progression of gum disease in individuals who have osteoporosis.
Our dentist, Dr. John Verville, will work with your physician to create a plan for your periodontal treatment in Fleming Island, Florida. From examining the jaw for bone loss with regular dental X-rays to estrogen supplements that lower gingival inflammation and attachment loss, at Dr. John D. Verville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we will help treat gum disease. We welcome you to contact our friendly team today for more information about the connection between periodontal disease and osteoporosis, and to schedule your next visit.