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May Is National Osteoporosis Month


You’ve probably heard of the bone disease osteoporosis. In fact, the debilitating illness affects an estimated 3 million new people each year, most of them women over the age of 60. Osteoporosis is more common in women who are thinner and smaller, meaning it also disproportionately affects women who are Asian and Caucasian than women of other ethnicities.

Osteoporosis literally means "porous bones," but in fact, all bones are porous. The difference between a healthy bone and a bone with osteoporosis, however, is that when you look at a bone with osteoporosis under a microscope, you can see the honeycomb-like webbing of the osteoporosis bones is wider and more porous than it is in a healthy bone.

While there is no cure for osteoporosis, there are many treatments and healthy behaviors you can adapt in your younger years to help prevent or lessen the severity of osteoporosis later. Some pills have been introduced in recent years that help improve bone density in older women. For younger women, leading an active, healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of developing the disease. This includes consuming foods that are high in calcium and minerals like vitamin D, such as dairy, some dark leafy greens, and foods that have been enriched or fortified with extra calcium. You can even take a calcium or vitamin D supplement to help increase your body’s natural supply.

One common misunderstanding about osteoporosis that is so important to clarify is that it doesn’t just affect women, and it doesn’t just affect the hip bones. Osteoporosis can also affect younger people, too - in fact, infants and children can suffer from osteoporosis, though the condition is much rarer in those cases.

Many people don’t realize that osteoporosis can also affect your oral health. It can affect everything from the teeth to the jaw bones, and it doesn’t stop there. Teeth lost due to osteoporosis can cause oral infection, which can develop into periodontal disease. In an otherwise healthy patient, periodontal disease can cause loss of tooth, bone and tissue - and these problems are exacerbated in patients with osteoporosis. That’s why it's imperative that people with osteoporosis are seen regularly by a dentist. Preventative care can be the difference between healthy teeth and dentures, or the loss of your entire jaw.

If you do have osteoporosis and know about it, be sure to let Dr. Simpson know prior to your appointment. Also, be sure to eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. Speak to your general health practitioner about prescription treatments for osteoporosis, and lead a healthy and active lifestyle with low-impact exercises if your doctor deems them safe.

If you have any further questions or concerns about osteoporosis or your oral health, please give Dr. Simpson’s office a call at (910) 550-3959.

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