Todd McAdams, D.D.S.

While osteoporosis commonly affects the spine, hips and wrists, it can also damage the bones in the jaw that support the teeth.

When jaw bones become less dense, the teeth may loosen and fall out.

There may be a link between bone loss and an increased risk of gum disease, according to the National Institutes of Health in the U.S.  As the jaw bones become less dense, the teeth may loosen and fall out. While it is uncommon, certain medications used to treat osteoporosis can cause dental health problems. Although loose teeth can’t always be prevented, a person can be proactive by taking steps to reduce the risk. Some of those steps include flossing teeth once a day, brushing twice daily, refrain from smoking, have dental checkups and cleanings as often as recommended and wear a bite splint when nighttime grinding or clenching is an issue. Ask your doctor about calcium and vitamin D supplements to help prevent osteoporosis. Keep diabetes under control, since diabetes is a risk factor for gum disease. Become aware of medications that may affect the teeth.

There are a range of treatments that can help, ask your dentist which option is best for you.

Todd McAdams, D.D.S.

420 Rocky Knob Lane

Fayetteville, Tenn.