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The periodontal effects of menthol

Eseonu, Chijioke (2014) The periodontal effects of menthol. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Menthol, primarily contained in commercial cigarettes, may have deleterious effects among those who smoke cigarettes containing it regularly. Having this additive in one of the most commonly used products has raised a number of potential public health concerns among researchers around the world. Due to this concern, there is a substantial amount of literature documenting the effects that mentholated cigarettes have on consumers, primarily lung and oral cancer. Periodontal disease, one of the most prevalent problems dentists encounter, has many different etiologies. The added exposure of menthol, however, may provide another etiology that has yet to be adequately explored. The purpose of this study was to determine whether people who smoke mentholated cigarettes have a higher incidence of periodontal disease. This essay is a case control study using a logistic regression analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey dataset (NHANES) participants. Using a sample size of 619 adult smokers, we examined the effects of menthol on periodontal disease while controlling for age, number of cigarettes smoked, and income/education level. There was no association found between menthol exposure and the presence of periodontal disease when controlling for other factors either overall or when controlling for race/ethnicity.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Eseonu, Chijioke
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFeingold, Eleanorfeingold@pitt.eduFEINGOLDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPolk, Deborahdpolk@pitt.eduDPOLKUNSPECIFIED
Date: April 2014
Date Type: Submission
Submission Date: 13 April 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Periodontal, disease, menthol
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 21:59
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2024 10:56


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