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Tooth loss and obesity in a defined Swedish population
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
2007 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Aim The aim of the present study was to explore the association between tooth loss and obesity in a defined adult Swedish population and to investigate whether psychosocial factors could explain a tentative association. Methods The study is based on a population survey 2001-2005 in two municipalities within the same mainly rural area in south-western Sweden, being part of a comprehensive epidemiological study on hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and obesity (The Skaraborg Project). A random sample of 30-74-year-olds (five year strata) was selected and 2,918 people participated (76%). Information on remaining number of teeth was collected by a self-administered questionnaire. Tooth loss was defined as <20 remaining teeth, as compared to 20. Obesity was defined as body mass index (BMI) 30 kgm-2. Associations were estimated using logistic regression and adjustments were made for demographic, clinical and life-style variables as well as co-morbidity. Results The mean BMI value was 26.9 kgm-2 in men and 26.8 kgm-2 in women. Obesity was still more frequent among women than among men (23.6% versus 17.7%, p<0.001). Including all ages, there was a statistically significant association between tooth loss and obesity among women (OR 1.98; CI 1.44-2.72), but not among men (1.40; 0.98-2.00). However, in participants below 60 years of age, this association was stronger and statistically significant in both genders, while it was lost in older participants. Conclusions In this study, tooth loss was associated with obesity in the younger adults with a stronger association in women than in men

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age, body mass index, obesity, tooth loss, waist circumference
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Health Sciences
Research subject
Dental Hygiene
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-24960OAI: diva2:598733
12th Congress of European Association for Dental Public Health (E ADPH) i Leuven, Belgien 21-22 sept, 2007
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