OK - so Tblisi isn't the first place we think of regarding dentistry and published papers. And this paper carefully restricts itself to adolescents. Given the widespread "thyroid doesn't affect teeth" attitude many of us have come across, thank goodness someone, somewhere, is identifying not just association but possible/likely mechanisms.
Georgian Med News. 2016 Nov;(Issue):28-34.
CHANGES IN TOOTH HARD TISSUE MINERALIZATION AND BLOOD RHEOLOGY IN HEALTHY ADOLESCENTS AND THOSE WITH THYROID DYSFUNCTION.
Beriashvili S1, Nikolaishvili M1, Mantskava M1, Momtsemlidze N1, Franchuk K1.
1Polyclinic «Energy +» Ltd; I. Beritashvili Experimental Biomedical Center, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Thyroid dysfunction causes spreading and development of caries in the teeth and changes in periodontal tissues. In addition, it causes changes in peripheral blood flow and mineralization, local transcapillary metabolism causes changes in blood rheology. There are only few works in this direction and, therefore, the purpose of our research was to find out how the mineralization and the rheological properties of blood are changed in lesion of periodontal tissue on a background of thyroid dysfunction. Accordingly, the stomatological study was conducted in 75 adolescents aged 12-18 years by the standard method, recommended by the World Health Organization. According to the study, 45 patients out of them suffered from thyroid dysfunction, in particular from hypothyroidism. The comparator group consisted of 30 children of the same age without endocrine abnormalities. By the gained results it is noted that in spite of different type lesions due to dental caries, the caries incidence and intensiveness is higher in children with hypothyroidism as compared to healthy children. Decrease in saliva excretion rate and increase in oral fluid viscosity was found in children with thyroid and endocrine diseases as compared to healthy children. In children with endocrine disorders concurrent increase in calcium content (1,43±0,08 mmol/l) and decrease in inorganic phosphate concentrations (4,54±0,15 mmol/l) is reliably established. In children with thyroid disfunction and while periodontal tissue pathology, rheological features are disordered more dramatically than in healthy children. Therefore, it can be said that the changes in the adolescents' thyroid function is one of the reasons for formation of periodontal tissue diseases.Therefore, at detecting even the first signs of the periodontal tissue diseases, it is desirable in adolescents to assess the thyroid functional condition, since it will be the precondition for effective treatment and management of dental disease, in particular, dental caries and lesions of periodontal tissue.
[PubMed - in process]