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Osteoporosis and Oral Health

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

Having osteoporosis can affect more than just your bones. The treatment for osteoporosis as well as the disease itself can harm your oral health.

If you suffer from osteoporosis, then it is important to let your doctor know about any medications that you may take. Many osteoporosis medicines called antiresorptive agents strive to strengthen bones, but can cause a rare condition to form. Some patients who take an antiresorptive medicine can develop osteonecrosis, which is a rare condition that can cause severe damage to the jawbone.

How osteonecrosis occurs is by a reduced blood flow to the bones in the joints. Without the appropriate level of blood flow the bone starts to die and may break down. With this rare condition the bone literally dies which can cause immense pain and structural problems in your mouth and with your teeth.

It is most common to develop osteonecrosis after a dental procedure or surgery, which is why it is important to share your medication list with your doctor before you opt for a procedure. Knowing your medication list and your medical history may lead your dentist to go for a different treatment plan, or another procedure.

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Xerostomia: What is it, and how do I fix it?

It’s a feeling we’ve all experienced at some point or another: a parched, gritty, can’t-get-water-fast-enough sensation that’s unpleasant at best and dangerous at worst. Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a medical condition that we tend to write off as mere dehydration. While taking a big gulp of water can help in the short-term, if your […]

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