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Table 2 frequencies of response to osteoporosis questions by general dentists

From: Dentists’ knowledge about osteoporosis and their ability to identify the disease

Question Answer Frequency
Have you heard about osteoporosis? Yes 485 (100%)
No 0 (0.0%)
Which of these phrases best define osteoporosis? Stronger bones, rich in calcium 0 (0%)
Fragile bones that break easily 283 (58.4%)
Lack of calcium in the bones 202 (41.6%)
From the tests below, which is the main one to diagnose osteoporosis? Outpatient visit 3 (0.6%)
X-ray 3 (0.6%)
Computed tomography 3 (0.6%)
Urine analysis 0 (0.0%)
Blood test 8 (1.6%)
Bone densitometry 466 (96.1%)
Magnetic resonance imaging 2 (0.4%)
Which are the appropriate age group(s) to start screening for osteoporosis? Childhood (0–8 years) 0 (0%)
Preteen (8–12 years) 1 (0.2%)
Teen (12–19 years) 0 (0.0%)
Early adulthood (19–40 years) 1 (0.2%)
Mid-life (40–66 years) 230 (47.4%)
Elderly (> 66 years) 253 (52.2%)
Do you know any method in dentistry that can indicate the presence of osteoporosis in the patient? Yes 201 (41.4%)
No 284 (58.6%)
Would you like to know a method to identify osteoporosis using panoramic maxilla and mandible X-rays? Yes 480 (99.0%)
No 5 (1.0%)
Are you interested in advising your patients on this disease preventively? Yes 480 (99.0%)
No 5 (1.0%)