Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
Department or School
Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
Megan K. Moore
This research focuses on the etiology of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD), specifically osteoarthritis (OA) of the jaw. The population samples studied include early medieval skeletal remains from Saleux, France (n=40) and a modem population samples reported from the studies conducted by Rando and Waldron (2012), Emodi-Perlman et al. (2012), and Yadav (2011 ). When studying the etiology of OA, this research looks at the role of fluoroquinolones and dental attrition as possible factors. Fluoroquinolones are anti-inflammatory drugs that can cause rupture in the Achilles tendon; dental attrition is the wear on teeth from tooth on tooth contact. Although there has been a dramatic increase in the frequency of TMJD between the early Middle Ages in Europe and today, the results of this study cannot conclusively identify fluoroquinolones or dental attrition as the culprit for OA of the temporomandibular joint.
Salvia, Marissa, "Fluoroquinolones vs. dental attrition in the etiology of temporomandibular joint disorders" (2016). Senior Honors Theses & Projects. 481.