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Posted by Francesca on November 05, 2000 at 21:31:39:

In Reply to: Bone Density Test posted by Maria (Bos) on November 05, 2000 at 10:45:48:

Hi Maria, yes it is very possible only the condition is called osteoarthiritis OA. Since both teeth and bone are similiar both require certain nutrients to keep them both healthy and in tip top shape. A deficiency of Calcium, Magnesium and, Floride in the diet will not only cause brittle bones (arthirtis) but will also cause tooth decay. They go hand in hand. You just need to find out what's causing the arthirtis (DDD) in your neck. Once that is diagnosed your tooth decay will stop. You are much too young for OA although it does happen to young people. But most it is hereditary. So if you come from a family who had OA in the young adult life chances are so will you.

You should make sure that you supplement your diet with 1200 mgs/daily with Calcium as well as 400 mg/daily of Magnesium. Flouride is found in drinking tap water so hopefully your water company includes this in the water where you live. Without these 3 minerals in the human body, bones will become brittle and will show up on imaging scans as DDD and teeth will decay.

Your bone density scan will determine what is causing both these disorders. But you asked if arthirtis and tooth decay had a possible connection and the answer is yes. Only the form of arthirtis is osteo. Be well and I hope this makes sense to you and has helped you to understand the relationship between the two.



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