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Patients Have Limited Knowledge About Associations Between Osteoporosis and Oral health

A study published in the October issue of JADA reports patients with osteoporosis may have limited knowledge about the associations between osteoporosis and oral health.

A study published in the October issue of JADA reports patients with osteoporosis may have limited knowledge about the associations between osteoporosis and oral health. The findings suggest an opportunity for patient education in the dental setting.

As reported in the paper, “Patients’ Knowledge and Opinions Regarding Osteoporosis, Osteoporosis Treatment, and Oral Health Care,” researchers surveyed 258 individuals with osteoporosis. The findings show 70% of patients incorrectly believed that osteoporosis increases gingival disease, and 30% incorrectly thought medications should be discontinued prior to restorative procedures.

Among those surveyed, 79% visited the dentist during the past year; however, only 46% estimated their dentist was aware that they had osteoporosis. When asked a different question, only 35% of patients knew that osteoporosis therapy does not interfere with professional oral care.

These findings suggest clinicians should educate patients on the effect of osteoporosis and osteoporosis treatment on oral health to help them make informed health care decisions.

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