OA Dentistry



Basha N. Osteoporosis and periodontitis. OA Dentistry 2014 Jan 18;2(1):2.


Osteoporosis and periodontitis are the  diseases that  affect  a large  number of men and women worldwide with incidence  increasing  with  advancing  age.  Both  these  diseases  present  bone  loss  as  a  common  hallmark. Periodontitis has  long  been  defined  as  an  infection  mediated destruction  of  the  alveolar  bone  and  soft  tissue attachment to  the  tooth,  responsible  for  most tooth  loss  in  adult populations. Systemic loss of bone density in osteoporosis including that of the oral cavity may provide a host system that is increasingly susceptible to infectious destruction of periodontal tissue. Understanding the association between these  common  diseases  and  the  mechanisms  underlying  these  associations  will  aid  health  professionals  to  provide  improved  means  to  prevent,  diagnose  and  treat  these  very  common  diseases.  The  paper  reviews  the  current  evidence  on  the  association  between  periodontal  disease  and  osteoporosis.

Corresponding Author

NADEEM BASHA, saveetha dental college. Email: thisismenadeem@yahoo.in