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A toothy display of bone health

Do you know whether your bones are thinning? Ask your dentist for an answer. According to the American Journal of Roentgenology, dental X-rays are sensitive enough to identify low bone density, a sign of osteoporosis. In a study of more than 300 postmenopausal women with no osteoporosis symptoms, dental X-rays were just as effective in identifying women with the beginnings of the disease as were typical questionnaires. Although dental X-rays won’t substitute for a bone density scan, think of your dentist as one more professional looking out for your bone health.