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Bone loss and your teeth September 19, 2013

Filed under: Dental health — Mall of Georgia Dentistry @ 8:19 am

Your jaw, the major support structure for your teeth, is simply an extension of your skeleton.  Healthy bones mean a healthy jaw.  And a healthy supportive jaw is what is best for your teeth.

However as we get older, we begin to lose bone density if we’re not careful.  This is especially true in older women.  So if you want to save your smile, make sure you keep your bones healthy.

The Cleveland Clinic recommends the following “Rx” for strong bones:

Consume 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily (from food and/or supplements) if you’re 50 or younger.  For those older than 50, it is recommended you consume 1,200 to 2,000 milligrams.  Another recommendation is to take 1,000 IUs of vitamin D3 a day.  For those 50 and older the dosage is 2,000 IUs of D3.

The idea is to keep your bone-mineral density up as much as possible.  A study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine pointed out that for every 1% a year decrease in your body’s bone-mineral density, your risk of tooth loss increases more than four time.

So ensure you do what is necessary to keep that bone density up.  A good balanced diet and supplements will help you maintain critical bone density and that great smile.

Mall of Georgia Dentistry

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