Bisphosphonates (such as Fosamax and Actonel) are prescribed to strengthen your bones, so it is ironic that these medications are being linked, by dentists, to a higher risk for osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). ONJ symptoms include jaw pain, loosening and loss of teeth, and recurrent infection in the mouth. Cases of ONJ usually present when a patient that was prescribed oral bisphosphonates undergoes an extraction, and the site of extraction fails to heal quickly.
Deciding if a drug is right for you is an individual decision, but if it has been recommended that you take a bisphosphonate drug to prevent osteoporosis, Dr. DeFinnis suggests you consider discussing natural bone building options with your doctor, before filling the prescription.
A daily exercise regimen as a way to boost bone density might seem counterintuitive. High impact activities that involve a lot of jumping, or pounding of your joints on hard surfaces, are not suggested for someone with compromised bone density. Great exercise options that can help strengthen your bones, without adding further physical stress, include walking, bike riding, elliptical machines, yoga, and strength training.
Increase Calcium and Vitamin D Intake
Consuming a diet ideal for your health is an excellent goal, but life can be unpredictable, and there are times when food choices will reflect your crazy schedule. Supplements are like an internal insurance plan if you end up reaching for meals that aren’t going to give your body everything it needs nutritionally. Calcium and vitamin D should be a part of your supplement plan, to help your bones stay strong. For specific doses and frequency of use regarding supplements, it is best to partner with your general physician.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Our societal default for obtaining calcium is through the consumption of cow’s milk. For some people, dairy as a main source of calcium isn’t necessarily the optimal choice, especially if you are trying to lose weight or suffer from lactose intolerance. Plant-based foods that boast plenty of calcium per serving include: soybeans, okra, kelp, spinach, collard greens, oranges, broccoli and celery. Other great sources are almonds, Brazil nuts, and sesame seeds.
If you have experienced dental issues due to side effects from medication, contact our cosmetic dentist in Wilkes-Barre, and we can help restore your smile. Call Back Mountain Dental at (570) 763-4360 to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. DeFinnis. We have something for you to smile about in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and the surrounding communities.