Written by Shirin Salehinia, DDS, Special to San Leandro Times Saturday, 15 January 2011 14:44
Since the 1990s, a class of drugs called bisphosphonates has been used to prevent the loss of bone mass—also known as osteoporosis. Although these drugs do a miraculous job of slowing one’s natural bone deterioration, they are associated with an undesirable side effect related to the teeth and jawbone.
Bone, like the rest of the body, undergoes constant turnover—much like our hair or skin. As we grow older, the process of bone breakdown outpaces bone formation, causing our bones to become more porous and fragile and prone to breakage.
The role of bisphosphonates is to slow down the process of bone breakdown. The most common brand-name drugs used for these conditions are: Fosamax, Bonivia, Bonefos, Aredia, Acronel, Actonel, Zometa, Aclasta, Didronel, Skelid, and Loron.