Osteoporosis is a condition that affects over 3 million people in the UK. With no symptoms, people can go for many years without knowing they have it and therefore not be able to take any precautions against it. The first sign of osteoporosis will likely be when a bone fracture occurs. From there further scans can reveal the extent of osteoporosis and the best way to combat the issue.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become fragile and are at risk of being fractured. Bones become fragile as their density decreases.
Who gets Osteoporosis?
Anyone can get it but it usually occurs after the age of 35 when the bones gradually begin to lose bone density. There are several types of Osteoporosis including Primary Type One that affects women after menopause, Primary Type 2 that affects both men and women over the age of 75, and Secondary which can occur in both men and women at any age.
How is it cured?
Osteoporosis can’t be cured, but it can be treated. An initial scan after diagnosis will reveal the density of the bone and then treatment will be advised by a doctor. There are some general steps that all sufferers can use, including quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, frequently exercising and eating healthy food such as fruit and vegetables.
What are oral calcium deposits and how are they linked?
Calcium deposits are build-ups in the mouth on the teeth. Because calcium helps build bone strength a doctor may advise that a patient increase their calcium intake. This will include having a diet high in cheese, milk and yoghurt. The extra calcium in the body could possibly cause calcium deposits in the mouth. This deposit can be unsightly, uncomfortable and be very damaging to long term oral health if not correctly dealt with.
How can the calcium deposits be treated?
A dentist should be consulted and the problem can be inspected. Keeping a close eye on general oral hygiene will be advised immediately. This includes brushing regularly and using mouth wash. It is also advisable that a patient cut down on sugary foods during this time as to reduce any other oral hygiene issues that might arise. This can also cause issues with those who are wearing dentures.
Calcium is a vital part of fighting osteoporosis and therefore it is important that your body gets enough. It’s estimated that 90% of women don’t meet the recommended calcium requirement in their diet. Anybody suffering from osteoporosis should work closely with their doctor and dentist to make sure that their oral health and general health is well maintained.