With the help of x-rays can dentists help to detect osteoporosis, which particularly affects the elderly and middle-aged women. It writes lecturer, dr.odont. Ib Sewerin in an article in the Tandlægebladet.
According to the WHO suffer from ca. 400.000 danes of osteoporosis, also called brittle bones, which reduces the strength of the bones and causes frequent bone fractures. The most common injury is the forearm and hip fractures as well as ryghvirvelsammenfald. The disease particularly affects women, and approximately every third woman will experience a hip fracture in the course of his life. Despite the prevalence of osteoporosis, however, it is not economically or practically possible to systematically screen the population for the disease.
Most people come regularly to the dentist, where they regularly need to have taken x-rays of the teeth and jaw. Osteoporosis turns out bl.a. typically by the width of the mandibular bone is a little narrower than usual. Also, a bit of the bone have disappeared, or it may be less strong and robust than normal.
Out from the x-ray and a series of simple questions about your health and lifestyle can the dentist, thus, to detect whether a patient has osteoporosis or is at risk for developing the disease.
Dentists can thus help to identify patients with osteoporosis at an early stage and send them for further medical check-ups, so the onset of serious consequences can be prevented.
The entire article can be read in Tandlægebladet no. 8 2009 or on www.tandlaegebladet.dk