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Nutritional Assessment of Denture Wearers Using Matched Electronic Dental-Health Record Data


Now online in the Journal of Prosthodontics, an Open Access article co-authored by ACP member, Dr. Sopanis Cho, that assessed the nutritional profile of denture wearers through a retrospective cohort study using nutritional biomarkers from matched electronic dental and health record (EDR-EHR) data.

Edentulism affects both oral and systemic health. Lack of proper food intake affects the nutritional status of individuals with tooth loss and thereby affects their overall health. With the digitization of patient care documentation, harnessing EDR-EHR data enables the study of the effect of oral health treatments on patients overall health over a longer time.

In this study, the case group (denture wearers) included matched EDR-EHR data of patients who received removable partial, complete, and implant-supported prosthodontic treatments between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2018. The control (nondenture wearers) group did not have recorded denture treatments and included patient records within 1 year of the denture index date (first date of case patients’ receiving complete or partial denture) of the matching cases.

Nutritional biomarkers were selected from laboratory reports for complete blood count, comprehensive and basic metabolic profile, lipid, and thyroid panels.

The study results indicate nutritional biomarker variations among denture wearers suggesting a risk for undernutrition and the potential of using selected nutritional biomarkers to monitor nutritional profile. Incorporating diet and nutritional counseling in addition to general post-operative instructions at the time of denture insertion has the potential to improve the oral and overall health of denture wearers.

Felix Gomez GG, Cho SD, Varghese R, et al: Nutritional assessment of denture wearers using matched electronic dental-health record data. J Prosthodont 2022; https://doi.org/10.1111/jopr.13505


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