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Am J Public Health. 2002 Nov;92(11):1809-15.

The relationship between periodontal disease attributes and Helicobacter pylori infection among adults in the United States.

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National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, Md 20782, USA. bfd1@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We investigated the relationship between Helicobacter pylori infection and abnormal periodontal conditions.

METHODS:

Data from the first phase of the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were used. A total of 4504 participants aged 20 to 59 years who completed a periodontal examination and tested positive for H. pylori antibodies were examined.

RESULTS:

Periodontal pockets with a depth of 5 mm or more were associated with increased odds of H. pylori seropositivity (odds ratio [OR] = 1.47; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.12, 1.94) after adjustment for sociodemographic factors. This association is comparable to the independent effects of poverty on H. pylori (OR = 1.54; 95% CI = 1.10, 2.16).

CONCLUSIONS:

Poor periodontal health, characterized by advanced periodontal pockets, may be associated with H. pylori infection in adults, independent of poverty status.

PMID:
12406813
PMCID:
PMC1447333
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