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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 19-22

Nutritional status in edentulous people as compared to age matched dentate individuals-a cross-sectional study


1 Assistant Professor, Dept, of Public Health Dentistry, Govt. Dental College and Hospital, Hyderabad, A.P, India
2 Assistant Professor, St. Joseph Dental College, Duggirala, Eluru, A.P, India
3 Assistant Professor, Dept, of Public Health Dentistry, St. Joseph Dental College, Duggirala, Eluru, A.P, India
4 Professor and Head, Dept, o f Prosthodontics, St. Joseph Dental College, Duggirala, Eluru, A.P, India

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Objectives: To assess the nutritional status in completely edentulous subjects and to compare with age matched dentate individuals. Materials and Method: The study was carried out in 60 individuals divided into two groups. Group one consisted of 30 edentulous subjects and 30 dentate individuals formed the second group Body Mass Index (BMI), serum albumin and hemoglobin values were analyzed in both the groups. Independent sample t- test was employed to check for the difference between the groups and Pearson's correlation was done to ascertain the association between the variables within the groups. Results: There was a significant difference in all the biomarkers evaluated in between the groups. The values were negatively correlated with the period of edentulism within the groups. Conclusion: Edentulous people had lower nutritional values than their dentate counterparts and maintaining a healthy and normal dentition may have significant bearing on the overall health of an individual. body mass index, serum albumin, malnutrition, edentulous, dental status


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