Predicated on the 2017 top 200 drugs, endocrine/metabolic agents fall into seven major classes (Table 7).17 Based on their mechanisms of action, prevalent endocrine and metabolic problems one can expect to encounter in a dental practice include diabetes mellitus, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal dysfunction, abnormalities of the reproductive system and contraception, osteopenia and osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis; and folic acid, vitamin B12, and iron deficiencies.
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