How do I learn more about osteoporosis medications and oral health?

It’s important to let your dentist know about all the medications that you take. That’s because certain medications can influence dental treatment decisions. This includes oral health. Your dentist can discuss your oral health care needs and will factor this into his/her recommendations on any treatments or procedures. You should also discuss the medication with your physician or other healthcare provider.

Some research suggests that certain osteoporosis drugs, called bisphosphonates, may lead to death of the jawbone (called osteonecrosis) after dental procedures. Although most cases of osteonecrosis are because of cancer and not bisphosphonate use, dental patients still need to be informed of the risks. The American Dental Association (ADA) and National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) are excellent sources for information about osteoporosis and oral health. They have created informative materials online and in print to help educate people interested in learning about those risks. But the ADA and NOF materials are not a substitute for discussing the matter with your dentist.

Continue Learning about Mouth-Body Connection

Why do sex hormones estrogen or progesterone affect the gums and teeth?
Researchers don't know exactly how the hormones estrogen and progesterone affect gums. Although this...
More Answers
Can not taking care of teeth lead to other health problems?
Philip M. Uffer, DDSPhilip M. Uffer, DDS
The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. Infections in the mouth can spread to the blood...
More Answers
What dental care do I need before starting cancer treatment?
American Dental AssociationAmerican Dental Association
Dental care is an important element of overall cancer treatment. As soon as possible after cance...
More Answers
Can Gum Disease Lead to Cancer?
Can Gum Disease Lead to Cancer?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.