Joana Cunha-Cruz

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Case reports and cohort studies have linked bisphosphonate therapy and osteonecrosis of the jaws (ONJ), but neither causality nor specific risks for lesion development have been clearly established. We conducted a 1:3 case-control study with three dental Practice-based Research Networks, using dentist questionnaires and patient interviews for collection of(More)
BACKGROUND Methods used by dental practitioners to diagnose and treat dentin hypersensitivity are not well documented. The authors conducted a survey of dentists in the Northwest Practice-based REsearch Collaborative in Evidence-based DENTistry (PRECEDENT) to ascertain the treatment methods they used. Methods. Via an Internet survey, the authors collected(More)
BACKGROUND Statins have anti-inflammatory and bone stimulating properties that may positively affect chronic periodontitis. Our objective in this study was to evaluate whether statin use by chronic periodontitis patients had a beneficial impact on tooth loss. METHODS In a retrospective cohort study (N patients = 1,021; mean follow-up = 7.1 years), dental(More)
BACKGROUND Orthodontic therapy has been suggested to lead to an improved periodontal status through mechanisms such as increased ease of plaque removal and reduced occlusal trauma. The objective of the authors' systematic review was to compare contemporary orthodontic treatment with no intervention, by means of evaluating periodontal outcomes measured after(More)
For health care planning and policy, it is important to determine whether socio-economic disparities in edentulism, an ultimate marker of oral health, have improved over time. The aim of this study was to investigate the socio-economic disparities in edentulism between 1972 and 2001. Representative samples of the United States population, 25-74 years old,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the oral health-related quality of life of patients presenting to a periodontal specialist by means of six questions, and to assess the perceived oral health by means of one question. Self-assessments of oral health were associated with clinical characteristics. MATERIAL AND METHODS Logistic(More)
AIM To evaluate whether statin use was associated with decreased tooth loss among patients with chronic periodontitis. MATERIAL AND METHODS We evaluated administrative health plan data from 1996 to 2002 covering dental and periodontal treatment utilization, dental extractions, and prescription medication fills of 12,631 adults aged 48-64 in 2002. With(More)
Our aim was to assess, systematically, the effect of flossing on interproximal caries risk. Six trials involving 808 subjects, ages 4 to 13 years, were identified. There were significant study-to-study differences and a moderate to large potential for bias. Professional flossing performed on school days for 1.7 years on predominantly primary teeth in(More)
Systemic antibiotics have been recommended for the treatment of destructive periodontal disease. Our goal was to relate antibiotic use for medical or dental reasons to subsequent tooth loss in a cohort of 12,631 persons with destructive periodontal disease. After adjustment for age, smoking, and other confounders, the dispensing of antibiotics for 1-13(More)
BACKGROUND Saliva is one of the intraoral host factors that influence caries development. The authors conducted a study to investigate whether salivary characteristics are associated with recent dental caries experience. METHODS Dentist-investigators and dental staff members collected data pertaining to a two-year cumulative incidence of dental caries(More)