You may not know, but bones are active and living tissue that has numerous functions. Yes, it is the structural foundation of our body, being the skeletal system. However, your bones also support your muscles, protect your organs, and store a vast amount of the body’s calcium. Elastic fibers known as collagen and calcium phosphate make up bones. Together these are hard yet maintain a flexible structure.
Throughout your life, a process takes place that removes old osteoclast cells and forms new bone by forming osteoblast cells. As people grow older our bones weaken and are subject to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis
can impact our overall health as well as our oral heath.
Extensive research shows that there is a definitive link between osteoporosis and loss of bone in the jaw and loss of teeth. Why is this? The jaw bone is the support of our teeth, it is what “grounds” our teeth. This being said, loss of jaw bone can result in loss of teeth. In fact, women who suffer from osteoporosis have proven to be three times more likely to deal with tooth loss in comparison to women who don’t, according to the National Institute of Health
. There are several dental care issues that can also result in poor jaw bone density including receding gums, loose fitting dentures, and subpar surgical results.
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