Bone-loss, gum disease, and postmenopausal women

Your Jacksonville FL dentist Dr. Tiffany Shields is interested in your overall wellness and your ability to keep your total body health at the forefront. We’ve long known that oral health is closely linked to other systems in the body, and now a link between postmenopausal women with high scores on a Fracture Assessment Risk Tool (FRAX) and symptoms of severe gum disease has been found by researchers.

FRAX scores take into account weight, height, previous fractures, rheumatoid arthritis, smoking habits, diabetes and other factors. Using a database of 853 women, researchers found a sample of 191 women between ages 51 and 80 who: (1) had gone through menopause within the last 10 years, (2) didn’t smoke, and (3) were not taking hormone replacements, bone loss medications, or diabetes medications. All women had FRAX scores and a periodontal check-up that measured probing depth for the gums, tooth loss and attachment loss from ligaments holding teeth to bone. Researchers found that women with high FRAX scores also showed the strongest signs of gum disease, a result that suggests bone-loss scores could provide a reliable indicator of gum disease.

If you have questions about your oral health and your total body wellness in relation to gum disease, contact your Jacksonville FL dentist for more information today!


Case Western Reserve University. (2015, February 17). Bone-loss score may tip off doctors to gum disease in postmenopausal women. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 23, 2015 from


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