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The American Dental Association will assure dental patients regarding recent news reports about how osteoporosis medications may affect dental health in a new brochure to be released later this month.
Some dentists have reported their patients being confused about reports that people who took a certain osteoporosis drug developed bisphosphonate-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw, which is a rare but serious condition.
The brochure, titled Osteoporosis Medications and Your Dental Health, explains the chance of developing the condition from the drug is very small and reports that 94 percent of people diagnosed with it are cancer patients who received high doses of bisphosphonates intravenously.
According to the ADA, the benefits of osteoporosis medications greatly outweigh the risks of developing osteonecrosis of the jaw.
"Patients should not stop taking their osteoporosis medications without speaking with their physicians," said Matthew Messina, ADA consumer advisor.
Osteoporosis is a serious condition that causes two million bone fractures a year, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Half of women and 20 percent of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, says the ADA. Bisphosphonates are commonly prescribed to prevent broken bones.
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