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Dentists Should Review Medication Histories, Regardless of Patient Age

Younger dental patients may be taking medications that could affect their long-term oral health, according to a study from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Dentistry.

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Younger dental patients may be taking medications that could affect their long-term oral health, according to a study from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Dentistry. The findings highlight the importance of dentists reviewing medication histories, regardless of the patient’s age. The study, “Differences in Medication Usage of Dental Patients by Age, Gender, Race/Ethnicity and Insurance Status,” appears in Technology and Health Care.

After analyzing the dental records of 11,220 dental patients age 18 and older, researchers found 53% of all patients reported taking at least one medication. Among those ages 18 to 24, 12% were taking at least one medication, and 20% of those ages 25 to 34 were also taking at least one medication. Compared to other populations, such as older adults who are more likely to be taking prescription drugs for chronic conditions, younger adults are most likely to be on antidepressants.

From Decisions in Dentistry. August 2021;7(8)8.

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