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Self-perceived oral health and obesity among 65 years old in two Swedish counties
Dental Department, Örebro County Council, Örebro, Sweden .ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8969-1650
Department of Surgery, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden .
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Primary Care and Social Medicine, Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom .ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6328-5494
Dental Commissioning Unit, Östergötland County Council, Linköping, Sweden; Department of Oral Public Health, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden .
2010 (English)In: Swedish Dental Journal, ISSN 0347-9994, Vol. 34, no 4, p. 207-216Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore the association between oral health and obesity. The study was conducted in the spring of 2007 as a postal survey of all inhabitants born in 1942 and living in the two Swedish counties of Orebro and Ostergotland. This questionnaire survey has been conducted every five years since 1992 but has been updated continually with additional questions and for the sweep used here, height and weight data were collected. A total of 8,313 individuals received the questionnaire and 6,078 of those responded (73,1%). The outcome variable oral health was measured using one global question and four detailed questions representing different aspects of oral health. The independent variable Body Mass Index (BMI) was calculated using self-reported height and weight. A difference in oral health between various BMI groups was found. The difference was both statistically significant and of clinical importance, particularly among the group with severe obesity who reported poorer self-perceived chewing capacity, lower satisfaction with dental appearance, increased mouth dryness and fewer teeth and lower overall satisfaction with oral health. In view of the increased risk of poor oral health demonstrated in this study for those with severe obesity, it may be of value to increase cooperation between dental care and primary health care for these patients.

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2010. Vol. 34, no 4, p. 207-216
Keywords [en]
Body mass index; Obesity; Oral health; Population studies; Questionnaires
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Dentistry
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Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-25552ISI: 000286504800004PubMedID: 21306086Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-79251505574OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-25552DiVA, id: diva2:548069
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Department of Dentistry, Örebro County Council, Örebro

Dental Commissioning Unit, Östergotland County Council, Linköping

Available from: 2012-08-29 Created: 2012-08-29 Last updated: 2018-07-22Bibliographically approved

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