Your twice-a-year visits to your dentist for a checkup and cleaning by your dental hygienist is not just a good thing for your teeth and gums. Staying on top of your oral care, eating well and regular exercise represents an important foundation in keeping your bones healthy.
So much attention is paid to building strong bones and teeth in childhood that we often overlook the importance of maintaining them in adulthood. But keeping the bones and teeth healthy is one more way to prevent injury and illness as we age.
Women are especially vulnerable since they can lose as much as 20% of the calcium in their bones after menopause due to the decrease in estrogen. Good nutrition, regular exercise, and proper oral hygiene are the keys that can keep you walking and chewing on your own for many years to come.