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Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences
Piracicaba Dental School - UNICAMP
EISSN: 1677-3225
Vol. 7, No. 24, 2008, pp. 1502-1506
Bioline Code: os08007
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 24, 2008, pp. 1502-1506

 en Oral signs and salivary parameters as indicators of possible osteoporosis and osteopenia in postmenopausal women -A study of 45 subjects
Reddy, Siva; Pratibha, Ramani; Karthikeyan, Ramalingam; Priya, Premkumar; Chandrasekar, Thiruvengadam; Sherlin, Herald Justin & Anuja, Natesan


Aim: To correlate the oral signs, salivary calcium, phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase levels and dental radiographic findings in postmenopausal osteoporotic, osteopenic and non-osteoporotic women.
Materials and Methods: Forty-five subjects were selected based on bone mineral density (BMD) analyses and were assigned to 3 groups (n=15): Group 1 - established osteoporotic women; Group II - established osteopenic women; Group III (control) - non-osteoporotic women. Complete oral and radiographic examination, saliva collection and analysis of calcium, phosphorus and alkaline phosphatase were performed.
Results: The results were tabulated and analyzed for statistical significance using the Mann-Whitney U-test. There was statistically significant difference (p<0.05) in salivary calcium, phosphorus and alkaline phosphatase levels when osteoporotic and osteopenic women were compared to the controls.
Conclusion: Salivary parameters can be used as indicators to aid in the diagnosis of osteoporosis and osteopenia in postmenopausal women.

osteoporosis, osteopenia, salivary alkaline phosphatase

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