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Oral signs and salivary parameters as indicators of possible osteoporosis and osteopenia in postmenopausal women - A study of 45 subjects


Osteoporosis. Osteopenia. Salivary alkaline phosphatase

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Reddy S, Karthikeyan R, Sherlin HJ, Anuja N, Pratibha R, Priya P, et al. Oral signs and salivary parameters as indicators of possible osteoporosis and osteopenia in postmenopausal women - A study of 45 subjects. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2016 Sep. 23 [cited 2024 Jun. 16];7(24):1502-6. Available from:


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.


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