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Caries is Associated with Asthma and Epilepsy.

Anjomshoaa, Ida and Cooper, Margaret E and Vieira, Alexandre R (2009) Caries is Associated with Asthma and Epilepsy. Eur J Dent, 3 (4). 297 - 303. ISSN 1305-7456

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OBJECTIVES: There is evidence of association between systemic diseases and oral conditions, although it is not clear if these are direct or mediated by underlying factors such as health behaviors. The aim of this work was to evaluate whether self-reported systemic diseases were associated with caries experience. METHODS: Medical history data and caries experience (DMFT and DMFS; Decayed, Missing due to caries, Filled Teeth/Surface) were obtained from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Dental Registry and DNA Repository. Information on 318 subjects (175 females and 143 males) was evaluated. Regression analysis was used to test for association between caries experience and disease status. RESULTS: The stronger associations were found between caries experience and asthma and epilepsy. With respect to asthma, DMFT above 15 (R(2) = 0.04) and DMFS above 50 (R(2) = 0.02) were associated. After controlling for gender differences in asthma, the associations remained strong (R(2) = 0.05 for both DMFT and DMFS). For epilepsy, DMFT above 15 (R(2) = 0.18) and DMFS above 50 (R(2) = 0.14) were associated. CONCLUSIONS: Asthma and epilepsy are associated with higher caries experience.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Anjomshoaa, Ida
Cooper, Margaret E
Vieira, Alexandre Rarv11@pitt.eduARV11
Date: October 2009
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Eur J Dent
Volume: 3
Number: 4
Page Range: 297 - 303
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asthma, Cardiovascular Diseases, Caries, Diabetes, Epilepsy
ISSN: 1305-7456
Funders: NCRR NIH HHS (TL1 RR024155)
Other ID: NLM PMC2761161
PubMed Central ID: PMC2761161
PubMed ID: 19826602
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2012 20:02
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2022 20:43


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