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Volume 4: No. 3, July 2007

Diabetes and Tooth Loss in a National Sample of Dentate Adults Reporting Annual Dental Visit

People with diabetes vs people without diabetes, stratified by age group Log of Odds Ratio (95% Confidence Interval)

1 to 5 Teeth vs 0 Teeth Removed

≥6 Teeth (But Not All) vs 0 Teeth Removed

18 to 44 y

0.38 (0.14 to 0.62)

1.17 (0.72 to 1.61)

45 to 64 y

0.12 (−0.03 to 0.27)

0.34 (0.14 to 0.55)

≥65 y

−0.05 (−0.24 to 0.12)

0.17 (−0.01 to 0.36)

Figure. Stratified analysis of the association between diabetes and levels of tooth removal due to decay or gum disease. The model was adjusted for race, sex, income, education, employment, marital status, cost barriers, ability to identify primary health care provider, health care coverage, and having smoked at least 100 cigarettes in lifetime. Source: 2004 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (20).

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