With passing time as we age, our body has a tendency to deteriorate. Some of the most effective parts of our body are the bones. Especially once we cross the age of 50, the bones tend to wane when it comes to their density and strength.
A lot of things come together to affect our bone strength such as hereditary factors, our hormones, physical activity, lifestyles and even certain medications.
Osteoporosis is something you might be hearing more about as you grow older. Essentially, osteoporosis a disease which is otherwise known as porous bone. Affecting over 2.5 million Americans annually, this disease significantly weakens the bones and increases risk of serious breakage.
Having weaker bones can drastically affect the quality of your life. Bones are the structure your body’s integrity depends on, and your chances of illness (or even worse - dying) increase when your bones are compromised.
Osteoporosis Medication and Oral Health
A lot of people suffering from osteoporosis take medication which combats the issue of weakened bones. These medications belong to the bisphosphonate group of drugs which reinforce the weakening bones and provide them better density.
Over the years, these osteoporosis medications have been quite effective in reducing the chances of fractures. There are reports which even indicate these medications have brought down the chances of hip bone breakage by 40 to 50 percent for people who have been afflicted by osteoporosis.
However, since your teeth are bones, they too can be affected by osteoporosis medications. Recent studies have shown this medication group, bisphosphonates, may lead to a couple of jaw diseases called: osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) and bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw (BON). Since the scientific community is continuing to collect data on these two diseases and their correlation to oral health, it's best to tell your dentist. Which leads us right into our next important item!
Talk To Your Dentist
If you have been taking medications for osteoporosis or any bisphosphonate associated medication, you need to tell your dentist. Having open lines of communication between you, your dentist, and doctor will ensure your overall health and wellbeing are on the right track.
We believe in your health and your right to the best care possible. Contact us today if you have osteoporosis and want to ensure your oral health!