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Acta stomatologica Croatica, Vol.47 No.4 December 2013. -

Objectives: Osteoporosis and tooth loss are health problems that affect older population, especially women. Both of them have great impact on life quality. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between the mineral status in the hip and lumbar spine region and the number of teeth present and DMTF index in women older than 45 years. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study included 91 women older than 45 years. Digital panoramic radiographs were taken and bone mineral density was determined for the lumbar spine region L1-L4 and the proximal femur by DEXA technology. Dental status was recorded by clinical examination. Number of teeth was counted on radiographs. Subjects were divided into two groups according to their DEXA report. Results: There was no significant difference in distribution of total teeth number t=-0.171, p>0.05 between two groups of the analyzed sample. There was no significant difference between the two groups according to DMFT index and number of sound teeth. Statistical analysis showed significant correlation of the age and the number of present teeth r=-0.26; P=0.005. The correlation of educational level and the number of present teeth was even stronger. Conclusion: We conclude that dental status and tooth loss in women older than 45 years are not related to BMD. Further studies are needed to assess the role of osteoporosis in oral health with emphasis on oral bone changes.

Osteoporosis; Oral Health, DMF Index, Women; Cross-Sectional Studies



Author: Ivana SAVIĆ PAVIČIN - orcid.org-0000-0002-5210-1765 ; Department od Dental Anthropology, University of Zagreb, School of Dental

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