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How is osteoporosis diagnosed by dentists?

Dentists can discover bone loss in routine dental X-rays, but the disease should be confirmed by a physician. Typical X-rays can only detect osteoporosis when 25% to 40% of bone loss has occurred. A bone density screening test called dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is the most commonly used to confirm the diagnosis.

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