Osteoporosis And Its Effect On The Oral Cavity

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Introduction

Did you know that osteoporosis can affect the oral cavity? A lot of us know what

osteoporosis is and what it does to the rest of the human body, but how does it affect

the oral cavity? This research paper was written to provide information, to those who will

read this, about osteoporosis and its effect on the oral cavity. With this paper I hope to

make the reader aware of: what osteoporosis is, some facts about it, what it affects in

the oral cavity, how to prevent it, and treatment for osteoporosis.

Meaning of Osteoporosis

First off, what is osteoporosis? Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” According to

the National Osteoporosis Foundation osteoporosis is a bone disease that happens

when the body loses too much bone, doesn’t make enough bone, or both. Because of

this, bones become weak and could break from a fall or, in graver cases, from sneezing

or minor bumps (National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2016).

Facts about Osteoporosis

No one can feel bones weakening; because of this osteoporosis is referred to as

a silent disease. It is accountable for two million broken bones every year. Around fifty-

four million Americans have this disease. Low bone mass is also included in this count,

placing the risk for osteoporosis much higher (National Osteoporosis Foundation, 2016).

It is the most common bone disease and more common in women and in the elderly

(Fehrenbach & Weiner 2009).

The dental and oral effects of osteoporosis tend to…
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