Bones, not Botox

I was amused by a story presented on NPR about how plastic surgeons were just discovering that part of the reason our faces sag as we age is because the bones of our face, particularly the jawbone and eye sockets, deteriorate over time. If you understand how bones change as we age, this is obvious! Our skulls and facial bones aren’t immune to the factors that cause us to lose bone in our arms, legs, hips, and so forth — so if you’re losing bone in any of those places, you’re losing bone in your face, too.

David Hunt, the physical anthropologist at the Smithsonian who was consulted for the story, made the point that the most important thing you can do to keep your face youthful was to take care of your teeth. Well, he’s partly right. Teeth are the “canary in the coal mine” for bone loss, and if you’ve had trouble with receding gums or lost or broken teeth, chances are pretty good you’re losing bone. But taking care of your teeth alone isn’t going to do it; you have to also take care of your jaw and the rest of your facial bones if you want to avoid sagging skin on your face.

So I say, instead of singling out the teeth for attention, why not pay attention to all your bones’ health? After all, if you halt bone loss and start building bone in the rest of your body, your facial bones will respond too. You’ll not only feel stronger and healthier, but the bones of your face will show less structural decline, which means you’ll retain a more youthful appearance. And it’s a whole lot cheaper than Botox or plastic surgery, too!



Shaw, Robert B. Jr; Katzel, Evan B.; Koltz, Peter F.; Kahn, David M.; Girotto, John A.; Langstein, Howard N. Aging of the Mandible and Its Aesthetic Implications. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: January 2010 – Volume 125 – Issue 1 – pp 332-342. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181c2a685


Welcome to the Osteo Blast (now the Better Bones Blog!)

Greetings to all,

Some of you might be wondering why you have not heard from me for several months—no newsletters, few e-mail notices. Well, over the past year I have been very busy writing numerous new articles for our redesigned web site, My goal was, and is, to produce the world’s most informative and useful website on natural bone health. I am very pleased with the new site and hope you like it too. I would love to hear your comments.

In these new articles, I’ve tried to share the many exciting developments in the field of bone health and to capture some of the things we know about bone health that are in contrast to the conventional wisdom about osteoporosis. One article that I’d like to share with you now is a summary of 10 major common myths about osteoporosis. In this article, “It’s More Than Just Thin Bone—The Top 10 Myths about Osteoporosis,” and on my entire web site, I work to sort fact from fiction, helping you to better understand the true nature, causes, and best prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and osteopenia.

It is great to be back in touch with you. I will be writing this blog every two weeks, highlighting the new science of bone health. Let me know what you think of the “The Top 10 Myths about Osteoporosis” and my new website.