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Quintessence International



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Quintessence Int 37 (2006), No. 2     5. Jan. 2006
Quintessence Int 37 (2006), No. 2  (05.01.2006)

Page 103-107, PubMed:16475371

Bisphosphonate therapy for bone loss in patients with osteoporosis and periodontal disease: Clinical perspectives and review of the literature
Palomo, Leena/Bissada, Nabil/Liu, James
As the baby boomer generation in the United States ages, more patients are using bisphosphonates for systemic bone diseases like osteoporosis. Because of their ability to inhibit bone resorption and osteoclastic activity, bisphosphonates may also be beneficial in modulating host response for periodontal disease management. This literature review examines the mechanism of action for bisphosphonates and their uses in treating periodontal disease. The dental profession should continue to evaluate this class of drugs and to closely monitor patients who are on bisphosphonate therapy.

Keywords: bisphosphonate therapy, osteoporosis, periodontal disease