You can tell a lot about a person by his mouth – in terms of bone structure, anyway.
Studies now show that dental X-rays can be a good indicator of how susceptible a person is to bone fractures, according to a report published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy and Region Vastra Gotaland have said that a person could have a greater risk of fracturing a bone if the bone structure in the lower jaw appears sparse when examined by an X-ray.
We’re not just talking about jaw bone fractures, either. This finding relates to bones throughout your body. In other words, a simple X-ray can identify your risk of injury, meaning you can take precautions now to strengthen your bone density with vitamins, etc.
All the more reason to go to the dentist, right?
As your Manhattan cosmetic dentist, we’re interested in studies that reveal the benefits of regular check-ups and closer examinations. While we haven’t yet mastered the science of bone-structure-prediction locally, we’re always eager to help our patients in any way we can.