Methadone’s effect on oral health

Jackson, Stacey (2013) Methadone’s effect on oral health. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Aims: To review the evidence of the drug Methadone’s effect on oral health (OH).

    Data source: Science Direct, Web of Knowledge, Cochrane, PubMed and Google Scholar, searching literature dates ranging from 1970-2013.

    Study selection: A total of six relevant studies were selected. This included a controlled trial, a random survey, a pilot study and three Cross Sectional Surveys.

    Inclusion: individuals taking Methadone

    Exclusion: Studies not comparing individuals not receiving Methadone

    Conclusion: No firm conclusion reached that Methadone has a direct effect on the oral cavity. Common trends suggest there is an increased risk of dental caries. Due to the high sugar content in some Methadone syrups, the frequency and duration over which the Methadone is taken. Some literature suggests that the side effects of xerostomia and sugary foods alongside poor oral hygiene practices that increases caries incidence.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Portsmouth Dental Academy
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 15:59
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:30

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