Dr. Sam Markzar, Beverly Hills Periodontist, Explains the Link between Periodontal Disease and Osteoporosis

Mar 19, 2013, 09:00 ET from Dr. Markzar

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Sam Markzar, periodontist in Beverly Hills, warns patients about a possible link between gum disease and osteoporosis. Patients with one or both of these conditions, or who have a family history of osteoporosis, need to be aware of the connection between the two conditions.

Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones weaken and become brittle. Patients suffering from osteoporosis frequently experience fractures in the hip, wrist, and spine because of weakened bones. The exact causes of this condition are unknown, but the development of osteoporosis is linked to a lower bone mass, smaller frame size, advanced age, a family history of osteoporosis, being a woman, and being of Caucasian or Asian descent. Osteoporosis is found in approximately 10 percent of the world population, but it is as common as 30 percent among women who are past their childbearing years.

Recent studies suggest that having osteoporosis is linked to periodontal disease. Specifically, osteoporosis is linked to periodontal bone loss. This means that if a patient has osteoporosis, they may be more likely to develop periodontal disease and lose bone mass in their jaw and teeth as a result of the condition. However, further studies need to be conducted to determine if there is a causal relationship or if the two conditions simply share a related factor, such as bone loss.

Dr. Markzar, Dental Implants Dentist Beverly Hills

Dr. Markzar, Los Angeles dental implants dentist, regularly treats patients with periodontal disease. Many of these patients also have osteoporosis. Patients with osteoporosis should have regular dental cleanings and checkups to reduce their risk of developing gum disease. However, if periodontal disease develops, Dr. Markzar, Los Angeles periodontist, can treat the condition and replace bone loss in the jaw with a bone graft. In addition, missing teeth can be completely restored with the help of dental implants.

Periodontal disease is easily treated when caught in the early stages, prior to tooth or bone loss. Dr. Markzar, Beverly Hills dental implants dentist, offers many treatments for patients suffering from periodontal disease.

Dr. Sam Markzar, DDS
8500 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #819
Beverly Hills CA 90211
Phone: (310) 360-7570
Website: http://www.drmarkzar.com

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