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How is osteoporosis related to oral care?

The relationship between osteoporosis and periodontal disease is not fully understood. It is thought that osteoporosis, or a loss of bone which is common in older women are related because teeth are embedded in the jawbones. The jawbones can lose bone mass and density if a woman has osteoporosis, and this might cause teeth to be lost. Some research suggests that controlling periodontal disease can reduce the risk of tooth loss. Also, some research suggests that supplementing with estrogen might slow the progression of periodontal disease.

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