Evaluation of salivary parameters and dental status in adult hemodialysis patients in an indian population

Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
Preethesh ShettySunil M Eraly


Renal failure is a process that expresses a loss of functional capacity of the nephrons, independently of its etiology. The most widely used technique to combat renal failure is hemodialysis. Renal failure causes various systemic alterations including oral complications such as variations in the flow and composition of the saliva. Caries is a multifactorial disease and impaired stimulated salivary flow rate and buffering capacity are the best-known risk factors. The present study aims to evaluate the salivary pH, buffering capacity and the flow rate of saliva to the DMFT status in adult hemodialysis patients among the Indian population. Twenty healthy individuals and sixty patients undergoing hemodialysis were divided into four groups based on the following criteria: Group 1: Control group; healthy individuals,Group 2: Patients before undergoing dialysis or undergoing dialysis<3 months, Group 3: Patients undergoing dialysis since 6 months-2 years, Group 4: Patients undergoing dialysis>2 years. Dental examinations were performed according to the modified WHO oral health survey 2013 criteria and DMFT index. Saliva was collected after pre-stimulation to measuring the flow rate, buffering capacity and pH. The results exhibited a de...Continue Reading

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