Osteoporosis is a health condition that decreases your bone mineral density and weakens your bones—including those in your jaw. It’s Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, and Waco dentist Dr. Corbet Locke wants to see how much you know about osteoporosis and your dental health.

1. What is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults?

A. Periodontal disease
B. Osteoporosis
C. Football injuries

2. Which nutrient helps keep your bones strong?

A. Vitamin C
B. Calcium
C. Fluoride

3. Who is more likely to develop osteoporosis?

A. Men over age 40
B. Post-menopausal women
C. Children

4. How can Dr. Locke replace missing teeth?

A. Porcelain veneers
B. Root canals
C. Dental implants

Answers:

1. A. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. Poor oral health causes bacteria to inflame your gum tissue and deteriorate the underlying bone. However, osteoporosis also deteriorates your bone tissue and weakens your bones so they fracture easily and cannot support your teeth. In fact, studies show that women with osteoporosis are 86 percent more likely to develop periodontal disease and three times more likely to lose teeth.

2. B. Calcium helps keep your bones strong and healthy. When you don’t consume enough calcium, your body will leech the mineral from your teeth and bones, which thins and weakens your support. Vitamin D is also useful because it helps your body absorb calcium and fight infections.

3. B. Post-menopausal women are at an increased risk of osteoporosis due to their decline in estrogen.

4. C. Studies show that people with osteoporosis often need denture re-adjustments because the supportive bony ridges can change over time. Fortunately, dental implants are comfortable and secure. Dental implants are placed in your jawbone and help stimulate your jaw tissue. They also restore full function and aesthetic appeal to your smile.

Your Waco dentist can help keep your smile healthy to prevent tooth loss. However, if you have missing teeth due to periodontal disease or osteoporosis, Dr. Locke can restore your smile with implants. Contact our dentist office in Waco at (254) 776-4888 to request an appointment. We welcome families from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and the surrounding Central Texas area.