Older Baxter MnOur bone density drops sharply once we hit the age of 50, and this not only has an impact on your joints. The structure of our jaw performs an integral part of keeping our smile intact and healthy, and the reduction of this biological material can pose risks for you.

Osteporosis affects around half of women over this age, with men at around a quarter of this population. This means that keeping a firm hold on your oral health can make all the difference in how your smile continues into the future. Today, your Baxter, MN dentist explains how this knowledge can save you time, money, and pain!

Silent Development

Due to their location within the body, people are often unaware of any changes in their bone density. That is, unfortunately, until they come into contact with a form of damage due to this. So most people with osteoporosis currently do not know that they are at a significant risk of breaks and damage.

If you are getting older, it’s important to understand the changes in your body, and to approach life a little differently. A little more caution and care should be taken with your mouth and yourself as a whole. Without evidence from a body scan, you should assume that you have lost some density through aging, and be preventive in your care when you can.

Possible Concerns

There are a few different ways that osteoporosis can affect your smile. Firstly, the jawbone provides the structure that keeps your teeth in place and fully functional. When this decreases, your likelihood of loose material and even the full loss of this part of your mouth, which we would always like to avoid if possible.

If there are any changes that you are noticing in your smile, always bring this up with your dentist as soon as you can. It may be a sign of something dangerous to you, and in these intances, time is of the essence.

Graceful Care

As we age, it is important that we take the time for precautions in our osteopathic health. The first thing to remember is to maintain a healthy diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables. The more diversity in your produce, the better for your oral health, usually. We depend on many different vitamins and nutrients in order to keep our mouths safe.

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.

And like with any other patient, brush your teeth fully twice every day, as well as flossing regularly and using an oral rinse. Smoking and alcohol consumption may also contribute to problems, so please quit!

Visit Our Office in Baxter, MN!

Dr. Clinton L. Roberts and the friendly staff at Greenhaven Family Dental are happy to help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile with a comprehensive approach to general dentistry. With years of training and experience in dental sleep medicine, Dr. Roberts is also adept at helping patients treat snoring and sleep apnea so they can rest more easily (and quietly). To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call our office in Baxter, MN, today at (218) 454-0523. We proudly welcome patients from Brainerd, Little Falls, Staples, Crosby-Ironton-Deerwood, and all surrounding communities.