April's issue of the British Dental Journal is finally here. This new volume includes 2 verifiable CPD papers: 1) Radiographic evidence of treatment with bisphosphonates written by M. L. (T.) Thayer and 2) Evidence summary: the relationship between oral health and pulmonary disease written by D. Manger, M. Walshaw, R. Fitzgerald, J. Doughty, K. L. Wanyonyi, S. White & J. E. Gallagher. Unfortunately this time, both papers requires paid access to read them. 
 
After examining a number of radiographs of patients receiving anti-resorptive (bisphosphonate) treatment. The authors appeared to confirm increased radiodensity of the structures, which may have implications in risk assessment of complications following dental procedures. As it happens with bone density loss diseases such as osteoporosis where a plain dental radiograph can show radiographic changes in bone density. It's reasonable to expect that anti-resorptive treatment of osteoporosis would lead to changes in radiodensity of structures visible on dental radiographs. To read more about it click here
 
 
As reported previously in March's issue, Members of the Rapid Review Steering Group of the BDJ present the second paper of four reviews exploring the relationships between oral health and general medical conditions, in order to support teams within Public Health England, health practitioners and policymakers. This review aimed to explore the most contemporary evidence on whether poor oral health and pulmonary disease occurs in the same individuals or populations, In their conclusion they pointed out: "The cumulative evidence of this review suggests an association between oral and pulmonary disease, specifically COPD and pneumonia, and incidence of the latter can be reduced by oral hygiene measures such as chlorhexidine and povidone iodine in all patients, while toothbrushing reduces the incidence, duration, and mortality from pneumonia in community and hospital patients." If you want to read more about this, click here
 
Also this month's issue has the obituaries, the letters from the readers, which include very controversial subjects as oral cancer, a rare case of hypophosphatasia linked to dental trauma and explores the possibility to turn saliva into a diagnostic method for tumoral diseases. To read on, click here
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