You can take the following steps to promote oral health and keep your bones and teeth strong for life.
- Eat a healthy diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy products. • Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get 1000 to1200 milligrams (mg) of calcium each day from calcium-rich foods and take a supplement only if needed.
- Get 600 to 800 IU of vitamin D; this usually requires a supplement.
- Be active every day.
- Don’t smoke.
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
- Take safety precautions to prevent falls and broken bones.
- Take care of your teeth and gums. – Brush your teeth and gums with a soft-bristle toothbrush at least twice a day. Use fluoride toothpaste. – Use dental floss daily to clean between your teeth. – Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. – If you wear dentures, keep them clean and be sure they fit well.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Regular professional care is important for everyone!
- See your dentist if you have loose teeth, gum discomfort, loose-fitting dentures or pain in your teeth and mouth.
- If you need to take, or are currently taking, bisphosphonate medication for osteoporosis, be sure to tell your dentist. Bisphosphonates have been linked to the development of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). It is a rare complication in a patient with osteoporosis, but it is more common in patients with cancer who receive large doses.
This information came from the NY State Dept of Health. Visit the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program (NYSOPEP) website at www.nysopep.org and The New York State Department of Health website www.health.ny.gov/prevention/dental for more info.