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Increased Tooth Loss in Postmenopausal Women Who Smoked

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Last year, Science Daily reported on another study related to postmenopausal women and their need to increase yearly dental check ups to more than twice a year to monitor the occurrence of periodontal disease.

This research was carried out at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and Cleveland clinic.

The small study compared 28 postmenopausal women with normal bones with 28 women who took bisphosphonate therapy to prevent and treat osteoporosis.

All the women were between 51 and 80 years of age. All had followed the ADA recommendation of brushing twice daily, flossing and having at least two dental checkups a year.

Originally the researchers intended to study the long-term effects of bisphosphonate therapies on the jawbone but found evidence of another health concern.

The researchers found both groups had “increased dental plaque levels, which could endanger the jawbone of normal postmenopausal women and reverse any benefits gained in bone mass,” according to Sciencedaily.com.

This means that postmenopausal women who are at risk for osteoporosis but not taking bisphosphonates may be at even greater risk of jawbone loss and those taking these medications may just be keeping up.

Postmenopausal women need to take extra special care of their teeth, especially if they are smokers, to decrease the likelihood of tooth loss and to prevent and treat periodontal disease.

Increasing the number of dental visits a year may help prevent complications of dental disease.

Sources:

Postmenopausal women who smoked are more likely to lose teeth due to periodontal disease. Release Date: March 7, 2013. Web Mar. 9, 2013.
http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2013/03/002.html

Postmenopausal Women Who Smoked Are More Likely to Lose Teeth Due to Periodontal Disease. Science Daily. Web Mar. 9, 2013.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130301153643.htm

Message to Postmenopausal Women: 'Increase Yearly Dental Checkups,' Researcher Urges. Science Daily. Web Mar. 9, 2013.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110310173210.htm

Mai, Xiaodan MBBS.

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Main takeaway here is to see your dentist regularly throughout life and stop smoking.

March 11, 2013 - 10:58am
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