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Multiple sclerosis and its impact on dental care

Abstract

Multiple sclerosis affects approximately 130,000 people in the UK. Due to the wide variation in the symptoms associated with this condition and their variable severity, the provision of dental care for affected patients must be determined by an individual's specific needs. This will often vary significantly over time. This paper reviews the aetiology, presentation and current management of multiple sclerosis, and explores the impact of these on oral health and the provision of dental care.

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  • Review of aetiology and presentation of multiple sclerosis.

  • Update on current medical management of multiple sclerosis.

  • Important factors which need to be considered in the provision of safe dental care for patients with multiple sclerosis.

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Patel, J., Prasad, R., Bryant, C. et al. Multiple sclerosis and its impact on dental care. Br Dent J 231, 281–286 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-021-3333-0

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