A recent study indicates that dental X-rays could be utilized to forecast bone fractures. The research was conducted by researchers from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg.  The findings of the research were published in the Nature Reviews Endocrinology journal.

According to the researchers, dental X-rays could be utilized to evaluate bone tissues found in the lower jaw.  This method can be utilized to recognize patients who have a high risk of bone fractures apart from the jaw.  It has been discovered that the scarcity of bone structure in the lower portion of the jaw during mid-life is linked directly to the threat of fractures in other sections of the body, later on in life.

The study draws attention to the findings of an earlier research, the Prospective Population Study which was carried out with the participation of women in Gothenburg; this took place beginning in the year 1968.  This line of investigation engaged 731 females who went through a number of examinations.

The women range in ages from 38 to 60.  The X-ray images obtained from the women were evaluated and weighed against the ones that were received in 1980.  The occurrences of breakages in the images of the x-rays are then reviewed by the researchers.

The findings revealed that for the duration of the initial 12 years, data that relates to bone breakages was self-reported only throughout the follow-up examinations which were carried out.  Beginning in the 1980s, help was provided by the medical registers in order to detect fractures and there were 222 bone fractures that were diagnosed throughout this period of observation.

The researchers found that there were sparse bone tissues in the jaw of 20% of the females from ages 38 to 54 at the time of first examinations and the bone feature seemed to have placed them at increased threat of bone fracture.

The research indicates that there was increased sparseness in the jaw bones in individuals who are more advanced in age and this could amplify the threat of bone fracture in the future.

However, dental x-rays are utilized for finding more than cavities that are hidden. Dentists already utilize the films in order to check the health of the jaw bone and search for oral cancers; therefore, they are an essential component of dental examinations.

Radiographs or digital x-rays have significantly decreased the amount of radiation.  Actually, you get much more radiation from an airplane flight across the country than you will receive from dental x-rays.

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