Skip to main content

Table 3 Oral health status by appetitea

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)
Good appetiteb (N = 340) Poor appetiteb (N = 202)  
    n % n % p value
Number of natural teeth (mean ± S.D.) 15.8 ± 9.3 16.1 ± 9.4 15.4 ± 9.2 0.39
Total FTU (mean ± S.D.) 7.7 ± 3.7 7.7 ± 3.8 7.7 ± 3.6 0.98
Has < 20 natural teeth 301 (55.5) 181 (53.2) 120 (59.4) 0.162
Denture wearing status
 Full denture (mandibular + maxillary) 71 (13.1) 45 (13.2) 26 (12.9)  
 Single full denture and/or partial denture 238 (43.9) 134 (39.4) 104 (51.5) 0.02
 No denture 233 (43.0) 161 (47.4) 72 (35.6)  
Limited chewing capacity c 152 (28.0) 82 (24.1) 70 (34.7) 0.01
Swallowing difficulty (Occasionally/Fairly often/Very often) 65 (12.0) 41 (12.1) 24 (11.9) 0.95
Mouth dryness (Dry: no droplet within 30 s) 346 (63.8) 204 (60.0) 142 (70.3) 0.02
Self-evaluated oral health (Fair/Poor) 151 (27.9) 80 (23.5) 71 (35.1) <  0.01
  1. a Appetite was assessed by applying the question: how would you describe your appetite? The response options were: 'very good', 'good', 'average', 'poor', or 'very poor'
  2. b Good appetite was defined as very good or good. Poor appetite was defined as average, poor, and very poor
  3. c Chewing capacity were evaluated by asking “Are you currently able to chew?” for 11 food items. The participants who answered "yes" to 10 - 11 food items were classified as "no problem", or otherwise classified as "limited"