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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.

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