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  • Multiple opioid prescriptions among privately in...
  • Cohort study of HIV-positive and -negative metha...
  • Periodontitis in US Adults
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  • Benefits of implementing pain-related disability...
  • Disparities in oral health by immigration status...
  • Oral Health Topics: Aging and Dental Health


Multiple opioid prescriptions among privately insured dental patients in the United States

July 2018
Multiple or high dosage opioid prescriptions increase the risk of experiencing drug misuse and overdose. The authors examine index (first) and follow-up opioid prescriptions for 1 year among privately insured dental patients in the United States from 2010 through 2015. The authors used the 2010 through 2015 Truven Health MarketScan Research databases and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training Technical Assistance Center conversion data set. The authors analyzed index prescriptions, repeat prescriptions over 1 year, same-day multiple prescriptions, and concurrent prescriptions among dental patients. Descriptive analyses were conducted for days’ supply, quantity of opioids, daily morphine milligram equivalent (MME) dose, and total MME dose.

Key Words. Opioids; concurrent prescriptions; repeat prescriptions; dentists.


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Cohort study of HIV-positive and -negative methamphetamine users

July 2018
The effects of methamphetamine (MA) on caries have been well documented. Little, however, is known about its effects on the periodontium. The authors conducted this study to determine the prevalence and severity of periodontal disease in an urban population of HIV-positive MA users. This cross-sectional survey was conducted in one of the most populous urban areas of Los Angeles County, California, beset with high rates of MA use. Participants were recruited by a combination of street outreach methods, referral from drug treatment centers, and word of mouth. Participants were eligible if they were older than 18 years, spoke English or Spanish, used MA in the past 30 days, were willing to undergo a dental examination and psychosocial assessments, and were willing to provide a urine sample. Periodontal assessments were completed for 541 participants by 3 trained and calibrated dentists.

Key Words. Attachment loss; pocket depth; HIV; methamphetamine use; periodontal disease; epidemiology.


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Periodontitis in US Adults

July 2018
This report presents weighted average estimates of the prevalence of periodontitis in the adult US population during the 6 years 2009-2014 and highlights key findings of a national periodontitis surveillance project. Estimates were derived for dentate adults 30 years or older from the civilian noninstitutionalized population whose periodontitis status was assessed by means of a full-mouth periodontal examination at 6 sites per tooth on all nonethird molar teeth. Results are reported according to a standard format by applying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/American Academy of Periodontology periodontitis case definitions for surveillance, as well as various thresholds of clinical attachment loss and periodontal probing depth.

Key Words. Adults; epidemiology; NHANES; periodontal diseases; periodontitis; population surveillance; United States.


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Trends in annual dental visits among US dentate adults with and without self-reported diabetes and prediabetes, 2004-2014

June 2018
The authors assessed the trends of annual dental visits in dentate adults with diabetes or prediabetes or no diabetes, and assessed whether the racial and ethnic disparities in dental visits changed from 2004 through 2014. Data for this analysis came from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a US health survey that looks at behavioral risk factors that was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in cooperation with state health departments. Respondents indicated whether they had a dental visit in the past 12 months. Weighted proportions were calculated for annual dental visits in adults by diabetes status, and trends were assessed by racial and ethnic groups.

Key Words. Dental visits; diabetes; racial disparity.


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Benefits of implementing pain-related disability and psychological assessment in dental practice for patients with temporomandibular pain and other oral health conditions

June 2018
Evidence in the field of dentistry has demonstrated the importance of pain-related disability and psychological assessment in the development of chronic symptoms. The Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders offer a brief assessment for the diagnostic process in patients with orofacial pain (Axis II). The authors describe relevant outcomes that may guide general oral health care practitioners toward tailored treatment decisions and improved treatment outcomes and provide recommendations for the primary care setting. The authors conducted a review of the literature to provide an overview of knowledge about Axis II assessment relevant for the general oral health care practitioner.

Key Words. Orofacial pain; primary health care; general practice.


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Disparities in oral health by immigration status in the United States

June 2018
Few investigators have explored differences in oral health status between immigrants and natives. To address this gap, the authors used nationally representative data to characterize disparities in oral health among noncitizens, naturalized citizens, and native adults. The 2013 to 2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a nationally representative in-person survey, provides oral health data for US natives, naturalized citizens, and noncitizens. Univariate and multivariate regression analyses were conducted to compare evidence of caries and periodontal disease, as well as recommendations for oral health care, stratified by immigration status for adults.

Key Words. Dental health services; caries; periodontal diseases; health policy; dental care; dental public health; minority groups; public policy; public health or community dentistry; vulnerable populations.


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Oral Health Topics: Aging and Dental Health

Key Points

  • The demographic of older adults (i.e., 65 years of age and older) is growing and likely will be an increasingly large part of dental practice in the coming years.
  • Although better than in years past, the typical aging patient’s baseline health state can be complicated by comorbid conditions (e.g., hypertension, diabetes mellitus) and physiologic changes associated with aging.
  • Older adults may regularly use several prescription and/or over-the-counter medications, making them more vulnerable to medication errors, drug interactions or adverse drug reactions.
  • Potential physical, sensory, and cognitive impairments associated with aging may make home oral health care and patient education/communications challenging.
  • Dental conditions associated with aging include dry mouth (xerostomia), root and coronal caries, and periodontitis; patients may show increased sensitivity to drugs used in dentistry, including local anesthetics and analgesics.


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