Our dental x-ray and digital x-ray systems can detect many oral health issues, but a new study sheds light on the real power these x-rays really have in our office.
According to what researchers are reporting in the journal Nature Reviews Endocrinology, it’s now possible to use dental x-rays to predict who is at risk for bone fractures in the entire body – not just in the face.
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In a previous study, researchers demonstrated that a sparse bone structure in the lower jaw is linked to a greater chance of having previously had fractures in other parts of the body. This NEW study goes a step further, showing that it’s possible to use dental x-rays to investigate the lower jaw bone, and doing so, predict who is at greater risk of fractures in the future.
“We’ve seen that sparse bone structure in the lower jaw in mid-life is directly linked to the risk of fractures in other parts of the body, later in life,”says Lauren Lissner, a researcher at the Institute of Medicine at the Sahlgrenska Academy.
The study also shows that the older the person, the stronger the link between sparse bone structure in the jaw and fractures in other parts of the body.
So, the next time you’re in our office getting a dental x-ray, india discount xanax paxil think of the system as being a crystal ball. It may just predict that you could have a bone fracture long before it actually occurs.