Your Dentist Might Need To Know
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month and like many diseases, there is often a link to oral health. Osteoporosis is no different. In fact, it is actually a condition in which the medications used to treat it can also lead to dental related issues. It’s a bit of a Catch-22. So, a little education and some tips can’t hurt in understanding these links, recognizing the early signs and reinforcing the importance of communication in dental treatment planning.
- A bit of background
Osteoporosis which means “porous bone” is a silent yet serious disease that according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) affects about 54 million Americans and approximately one in two women will break a bone as a result. But it isn’t only women who are at risk; although less frequently, men can also be diagnosed with Osteoporosis and they too should be aware of the symptoms.
- Be sure to speak up
For those suffering with osteoporosis, medications used to treat the condition may also negatively impact dental health and cause osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) – a serious condition that can severely damage the jawbone. While this might lead patients to question using their medication when undergoing dental care or avoid the dentist altogether, don’t. First, ONJ is rare and the risks of fractures as a result of osteoporosis are greater and regular dental visits will often help prevent the need for more invasive treatment.
The takeaway? It is a matter of awareness and open communication. Dentist should be kept well informed about any health conditions and medications. It will enable them to provide the best possible treatment plan for you. For more FAQs and other dental tips, visit http://amsterdamdentalgroup.com/faqs or contact any member of our team.