Bone loss is a common concern among postmenopausal women. It is also one of the best-known and most destructive effects of advanced periodontal disease. New research reveals that these conditions have more than a similarity; there is also a connection.
Case Western Reserve University researchers studied the connection between oral health and deterioration of the bone associated with postmenopausal estrogen loss. Researchers discovered that, in addition to affecting bone health, decreasing estrogen could actually trigger oral inflammation, thus leading to gingivitis.
Regular dental care and gum disease screening is important for men and women of all ages. However, this new research indicates it may be even more important than previously realized for females of postmenopausal age.
Tooth decay is a common, and often preventable, condition. Although it affects patients of all ages, a new report shows that the problem is especially prevalent among children, with teenagers experiencing the most decay. The report does show encouraging improvement. In the 1960s, about 75 percent of American children had one or more cavities in permanent teeth by age 11. That number has improved to about 22 percent, but the statistics jump dramatically for the teen age group. In fact, well over half of American teens are afflicted with tooth decay.
One of the most significant reasons cited was poor oral hygiene habits. As teens become more independent, they begin taking responsibility for their own oral health, and all too often, they consider brushing and flossing to be unnecessary or optional. The best way to protect oral health is through regular dental care, and increased awareness among young people about the importance of dental health.