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Highlighting dental care needs among people with Parkinson’s disease
Author: Sophie ParrottPublished: 17 November 2022
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Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, have published a new study looking into dental care among people with Parkinson’s.
Using a national register to obtain data relating to dental care between 2015 and 2019, the team identified 6,874 people with Parkinson’s, whose data was then compared to a control group of 34,285 people without the condition.
A key takeaway from the five-year study was that a larger portion of people with Parkinson’s were not regular users of the dental care system – 21%, compared to 16.9% in the control group.
The findings published in the journal ‘Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology’ also revealed that people with Parkinson’s utilised more dental-related treatment services than those in the control group – such as fillings and extractions.
The researchers concluded: “This knowledge can be used by clinicians and decision-makers to ensure the optimal dental care for persons with Parkinson’s.”
For more information on the latest Parkinson’s disease research, please visit the Parkinson’s Europe website.
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