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Table 2 Oral health status by weight loss

From: Appetite, oral health and weight loss in community-dwelling older men: an observational study from the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP)

Variables Total population (N = 542) Stable or Weight gain ≥5%a (N = 443) Weight loss ≥5% b
(N = 99)
 
  n (%) n (%) n (%) p value
Has < 20 natural teeth 301 (55.5) 233 (52.6) 68 (68.7) <  0.01
Denture wearing status        
 Full denture (mandibular+maxillary) 71 (13.1) 55 (12.4) 16 (16.2)  
 Single full denture and/or partial denture 238 (43.9) 190 (42.9) 48 (48.5) 0.21
 No denture 233 (43.0) 198 (44.7) 35 (35.4)  
Limited chewing capacity c 152 (28.0) 119 (26.9) 33 (33.3) 0.22
Swallowing difficulty (Occasionally/Fairly often/Very often) 65 (12.0) 46 (10.4) 19 (19.2) 0.03
Mouth dryness (Dry: no droplet within 30 s) 346 (63.8) 280 (63.2) 66 (66.7) 0.56
Self-evaluated oral health (Fair/Poor) 151 (27.9) 121 (27.3) 30 (30.3) 0.54
  1. a Stable weight with either less than 5% weight gain or less than 5% weight loss, or had gained weight 5% or more in the previous 3-years between 5-year and 8-year assessments
  2. b Weight loss of 5% or more over 3-years between 5-year and 8-year assessments
  3. c Chewing capacity were evaluated by asking “Are you currently able to chew?” for 11 food items. Subjects who answered "yes" to 10 - 11 food items were classified as "no problem", or otherwise classified as "limited"