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The relationship among dental status, nutrient intake, and nutritional status in older people

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Jimmy Steele CBE, Professor Angus Walls


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Dental health status may influence nutrition. The objective of this part of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey was to assess if there is a relationship between dental status in people 65 years and older and intake of certain nutrients and any link between dental status and blood-derived values of key nutrients. Random national samples of independently living subjects and those living in institutions had dental examinations, interviews, four-day food diaries, and blood and urine analyzed. In the sample living independently, intakes of most nutrients were lower in edentate than dentate subjects. Intake of non-starch polysaccharides, protein, calcium, non-heme iron, niacin, and vitamin C was significantly lower in edentate subjects. People with 21 or more teeth consumed more of most nutrients, particularly of non-starch polysaccharide. This relationship in intake was not apparent in the hematological analysis. Plasma ascorbate and plasma retinol were the only analytes significantly associated with dental status.

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Author(s): Steele JG; Walls AWG; Sheiham A; Marcenes W; Lowe C; Finch S; Bates CJ; Prentice A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Dental Research

Year: 2001

Volume: 80

Issue: 2

Pages: 408-413

ISSN (print): 0022-0345

ISSN (electronic): 1544-0591

Publisher: Sage Publications


DOI: 10.1177/00220345010800020201

PubMed id: 11332523


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