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Periodontitis and dental caries occur together.
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PMID:  23253826     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
SUBJECTS: This nationally representative sample of the Finnish population consisted of 5255 individuals aged 30 years and older. Data were collected between 2000 and 2001. All participants had natural teeth and received a complete oral examination consistent with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.
KEY RISK/STUDY FACTOR: Periodontitis in individuals was measured in 4 ways:(1) Periodontitis prevalence-at least 1 tooth with periodontal pocket depth of 4 mm or greater; (2) severe periodontitis prevalence-at least 1 tooth with periodontal pocket depth of 6 mm or greater; (3) mean periodontal pocket depth per person; and (4) percentage of teeth per person with periodontal pocket depth of 4 mm or greater or 6 mm or greater.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Decayed teeth (DT) were defined as the presence of untreated caries reaching the dentin. DT in individuals was measured in 3 ways: (1) DT prevalence-at least 1 tooth with untreated caries reaching the dentin; (2) mean number of DT per individual; and (3) percentage of DT per person.
MAIN RESULTS: Sixty-four percent of persons had periodontal disease, 21% had severe periodontal disease, and 29% had dental caries. Persons with periodontal disease were more likely to have dental caries (33%) compared with those without periodontal disease (23%). Among those with severe periodontal disease, 44% had dental caries. Accordingly, in caries-free study participants, 16% had severe periodontal disease, whereas among persons with dental caries, 31% had severe periodontal disease. The mean number of teeth with dental caries or periodontal disease per person was greater when the mean number of teeth with the other disease was also greater.
CONCLUSIONS: Periodontal disease was more common when dental caries was present. The relation was stronger when periodontal disease was severe.
Anwar T Merchant
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comment; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of evidence-based dental practice     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1532-3390     ISO Abbreviation:  J Evid Based Dent Pract     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-20     Completed Date:  2013-05-14     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101083101     Medline TA:  J Evid Based Dent Pract     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18-9     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of South Carolina, 800 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29208, USA.
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J Clin Periodontol. 2010 Nov;37(11):962-7   [PMID:  20958340 ]
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J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2011 Sep;11(3):151-2   [PMID:  21855818 ]

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