20 Warning Signs and Symptoms of osteoporosis that Require Immediate Attention

2Receding gums

It is a known fact that 99% of the calcium in your body is  present in your bones and teeth. Bone loss can also affect oral and dental health.

Research has shown that bone loss in your jaw and mouth can point towards bone loss in other areas of your body. If bone mineral density in your jaw bone is decreasing, your gums will begin to recede. Always keep checking your gums while brushing especially when you are a high-risk patient of osteoporosis. Receding gums can be a potential sign of low bone mineral density in different parts of the body.

Studies have found a link between tooth loss and low bone mineral density. One study has revealed that postmenopausal osteoporotic women with low bone mineral density were more 2.5 times more prone to tooth loss than those with normal bone mineral density.

It is important to evaluate the risk factors and bone mineral density in patients with osteoporosis. A DXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan, which helps in measuring spine and hip bone mineral density, is very common in evaluating the risk of osteoporosis.  Treatment of osteoporosis include properly managing the existing fractures and preventing new compression fractures. Doctors may prescribe some supplements and medication to strengthen bones. Bisphosphonates alleviates the bone loss in your body. This maintains bone mineral density and mitigates the risk of fracture.