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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 225-227

A need to educate postmenopausal women of their periodontal health

1 Department of Periodontics, School of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
2 Department of Periodontics, Terna Dental College, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Internal Medicine and Center for Specialized Women's Health, Cleveland, OH, USA
4 Center for Specialized Women's Health, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA

Correspondence Address:
Leena Palomo
Department of Periodontics, School of Dental Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, 2124 Cornell, Rd. Cleveland, OH 44106
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.113082

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Background: Postmenopausal women have shown proactive willingness to take responsibility for their changing health care needs. The example of osteoporosis is a model that when educated of their bone health status, this cohort follows through with prevention and treatment regimens. Postmenopausal status is considered to be a risk factor for periodontitis. It is known that up to 50% of periodontal disease goes undiagnosed. The goal of periodontal therapy is to prevent tooth loss. Objective: Is there a need, then to educate and inform postmenopausal women of their periodontal status? Can dentists provide a greater service to this cohort by increasing education and information? Materials and Methods: The current study compares patient perception to actual clinical findings in 94 postmenopausal women. Patients are informed of their diagnosis, and educated about the disease, its risk factors and preventive and treatment modalities. Detailed interviews examine the patient intentions to follow up on preventive and treatment regimens suggested. Results: Although 97.8% of participants reported having "healthy gums", 36.2% had severe periodontitis in at least one site. Interviews reveal that patients associated disease with abscess, and would be likely to follow prevetive and treatment regimens when they were informed of their diagnosis and educated on the topic. Conclusion: The findings suggest a need to make education a priority when treatment postmenopausal women.

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