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Is osteoporosis harming your teeth?
Updated: 5/4/2012 6:59:36 PM

Is osteoporosis harming your teeth?  

Many people know that osteoporosis is a condition that affects their bones, but they may not know that it can impact their dental health as well. According to the National Institutes of Health, research suggests that there is a connection between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw, which can cause tooth loss and other dental health problems.

Everyday Health published an article by JoAnn Mason, M.D., who offered suggestions for avoiding osteoporosis-related dental health issues. She said that first, it's very important to get enough levels of calcium and vitamin D, both of which promote strong bones.

"You should be getting at least 1,200 mg a day of calcium, and most experts now recommend a minimum of 800 to 1,000 IU a day of vitamin D. You might even want to have screening tests done to check your vitamin D levels to see if you need higher doses," Mason wrote for the news source.

She also recommend visiting a dental health professional regularly and practicing good dental care habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing.

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