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Does multiple myeloma affect the teeth?

Multiple myeloma primarily affects the bone marrow and bones, including the jawbone. The involvement of the jaw can lead to dental issues such as loosening of teeth, pain, or rare instances of jaw necrosis, especially after bisphosphonate therapy. Additionally, some treatments for myeloma can lead to side effects that impact oral health, like dry mouth or an increased risk of mouth sores. Regular dental checkups and maintaining oral hygiene are crucial for patients with multiple myeloma.

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