Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become weak and brittle -- so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist, or spine. Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone.
Many of the studies conducted to date suggest there is a relationship between skeletal osteoporosis and bone loss, to the extent that postmenopausal osteoporosis may result in dental osteopenia, or loss of bone density, involving the jaws, and particularly the mandible. Osteoporosis was significantly associated with severe alveolar crestal bone loss and the prevalence of periodontitis cases in postmenopausal women.
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