Since osteoporosis can result in bone loss throughout the body, it should not be a surprise that a link has been shown between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw. Teeth are supported and anchored in the part of the jaw bone known as the alveolar process. Studies have shown that when the bone in the alveoular process becomes less dense, there is an increase in tooth mobility and tooth loss. It has been shown that women with osteoporosis are three times more likely to experience tooth loss as those without the disease. Low bone density in the jaw can also contribute to poorly fitting dentures and may compromise the results of dental surgery.
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