Sunday, April 21st, 2024

New Study: Testosterone May Prevent Tooth Decay


Hypogonadism remains one of the most undertreated chronic medical conditions in the United States. The reason, you ask? It’s simple. Physicians have been slow to realize the medical benefits of therapy. Thankfully, the past several years have brought fourth a wealth of new data suggesting that testosterone may help protect against many age-related health concerns including cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension, and Alzheimer’s disease. This latest study suggests there may be yet another key benefit to treating low testosterone levels in men – dental health.

The recent study of reference examined tooth decay in a group of 220 adult men aged 30-65 years (J Oral Sci. 2011;53(3):333-9). The researchers also recorded bone mineral density and serum testosterone level. Additionally, they excluded other variables that might influence dental health including disease history, drug and alcohol abuse, and certain medication use. The study found an association between low testosterone levels, low bone mineral density, and tooth loss. Low testosterone was more predictive of tooth loss in general. Low BMD was a better predictor of advanced tooth loss. These results underline the need for physicians to look at both markers with their older patients. In addition to helping screen for osteoporosis, it could help keep smiles bright and healthy.

With data like this continuing to mount, it makes me wonder if we’re nearing a breakthrough with the mainstream acceptance of male HRT.

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