Association of tobacco use and periapical pathosis - a systematic review

Department of Periodontology, Endodontology and Cariology, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland Department of Oral Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
International Endodontic Journal (Impact Factor: 2.97). 04/2012; 45(12). DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2591.2012.02072.x
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Walter C, Rodriguez FR, Taner B, Hecker H, Weiger R. Association of tobacco use and periapical pathosis - a systematic review. International Endodontic Journal. ABSTRACT: The aim was to review the current evidence regarding an association between tobacco use, that is, cigarette smoking, and periapical pathosis. A systematic MEDLINE search of articles published prior to October 2011 (4th) was conducted using the keywords 'smoking and endodontics OR smoking and periapical index'. The study selection, data preparation and validity assessment were conducted by two reviewers. Nine studies fulfilled the inclusion criteria and represented data from 3008 individuals. The studies differed with respect to (i) study design, (ii) radiographic techniques, (iii) assessment of periapical pathosis, (iv) classification of smoking characteristics and/or (v) potential confounders accounted for in the analyses. Five of six cross-sectional studies revealed a significant positive association (OR 1.35-16.8) between periapical pathosis and current cigarette smoking. One of three longitudinal studies indicated an increased risk (OR 1.7) of root treated teeth for current smokers. The substantial heterogeneity of the included studies limited their interpretation. Further, well-designed studies are required to investigate the association between tobacco use and periapical pathosis.

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    • "The lack of scientific studies on this topic might be masking the potential risk of retaining teeth with chronic AP and the real importance and health advantages of endodontic treatments to patients, doctors and dentists (Segura-Egea et al. 2012). On the other hand, the impact of systemic diseases and some general habits, such as smoking, on pulp and periapical health also needs to be further investigated (Walter et al. 2012a). Strindberg (1956), in his classic study, did not find the general health status of the patient as a significant factor affecting periapical health. "
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    ABSTRACT: The prevalence of apical periodontitis (AP) in Europe has been reported to affect 61% of individuals and 14% of teeth, and increase with age. Likewise, the prevalence of root canal treatment (RCT) in Europe is estimated to be around 30-50% of individuals and 2-9% of teeth with radiographic evidence of chronic persistent apical periodontitis in 30-65% of root filled teeth. Apical periodontitis is not only a local phenomenon and for some time the medical and dental scientific community have analysed the possible connection between apical periodontits and systemic health. Endodontic medicine has developed, with increasing numbers of reports describing the association between periapical inflammation and systemic diseases. The results of studies carried out both in animal models and humans are not conclusive, but suggest an association between endodontic variables, i.e. apical periodontitis and root canal treatment, and diabetes mellitus (DM), tobacco smoking, coronary heart disease, and other systemic diseases. Several studies have reported a higher prevalence of periapical lesions, delayed periapical repair, greater size of osteolityc lesions, greater likelihood of asymptomatic infections and poorer prognosis for root filled teeth in diabetic patients. On the other hand, recent studies have found that a poorer periapical status correlates with higher HbA1c levels and poor glycaemic control in type 2 diabetic patients. However, there is no scientific evidence supporting a causal effect of periapical inflammation on diabetes metabolic control. The possible association between smoking habits and endodontic infection has also been investigated, with controversial results. The aim of this paper is to review the literature on the association between endodontic variables and systemic health (especially diabetes mellitus and smoking habits). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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