We often try to conceal the ways we are aging. But our body can only mask its age for so long, and ignoring your concerns can only lead to worse oral health outcomes. Once we reach the age of 50, our bone density begins to decrease. This tissue provides our structural support for our mouth, so any loss of material can lead to complications.
Our oral health as we grow older can become more complicated, and this makes a difference even with a full-mouth replacement solution such as implant-supported or traditional dentures. Today, your Londonderry, NH dentist touches on the best ways to maintain bone tissue while aging. And how these changes produce huge risks for your smile!
The Dangers Of Density Loss
Osteoporosis, or the decrease of bone density, can be seriously harmful across the body. We often see it in the joints of older people. Hips are particularly common concerns as the amount of weight is the largest.
But our mouth is not immune to this problem. The loss of bone matter can be especially harmful, as it is what holds our teeth. We may lose function because of this, and trauma from a car accident or a fall can be particularly damaging.
A Common Concern
About half of women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture due to density concerns. Men are not much more immune to this, with around a quarter affected. Since we cannot visually see our bones, osteoporosis may develop for a long time without even being noticed. If your doctor suggests a bone scan, take the opportunity to learn more about your skeletal system’s strength.
For this reason, it is best to recognize your age in regard to your health. You are inherently more fragile than you were 30 years ago, so it is appropriate to take particular care of yourself. Keep a varied diet, to ensure that you are getting a proper amount of vitamins and minerals. Keeping an appropriate weight and hydration level can also keep your smile at its best!
If you do not currently, it may be time to begin taking a multivitamin. Also speak with your doctors about any additional supplements that may keep you strong. You need at least 1000 mg of calcium daily, and if your diet cannot support this, you may need a supplement. But ideally, this will come from a food source. Also, 600 IU of Vitamin D is necessary to maintain strong skeletal matter.
Give Us A Call!
If you have concerns about your smile as you age, we’d love to speak with you! If you are over the age of 50, your risk of osteoporosis skyrockets, so please reach out to our Londonderry, NH dental office at 603-965-3407.