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Hong, Kim, Seok, Yeo, Kim, Song, Lee, Lee, Lee, Lee, Ahn, Ko, Jeong, Chae, and Sohn: Prevalence and risk factors of periodontitis among adults with or without diabetes mellitus



This study examined prevalence and risk factors of periodontitis in representative samples of Korean adults, with and without diabetes mellitus (DM).


Data from the 2012 Korean National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey were analyzed. A total of 4,477 adults (≥ 30 years old) were selected from 8,057 individuals who completed a nutrition survey, a self-reported general health behavior questionnaire, an oral examination, an oral hygiene behaviors survey, and laboratory tests. DM was defined as a fasting plasma glucose ≥ 126 mg/dL, or self-reported diagnosed diabetes, or current use of oral hypoglycemic agents and/or insulin. The community periodontal index was used to assess periodontitis status and comparisons between the periodontitis and the non-periodontitis group, were performed, according to the presence of DM. Risk factors for periodontitis in adults with DM and without DM were evaluated by multiple logistic regression analysis.


The prevalence of periodontitis was significantly higher in adults with DM (43.7%) than in those without DM (25%, p < 0.001). In adults without DM, risk factors for periodontitis were older age, male, urban habitation, waist circumference, smoking, oral pain, and less frequent tooth brushing. Significant risk factors for periodontitis in adults with DM were the smoking, oral pain, and not-using an oral hygiene product.


Adults with DM have an increased risk of periodontitis than those without DM. Current smoking and oral pain increase this risk. Using an oral hygiene product can reduce risk of periodontal disease in adults with DM.


Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by hyperglycemia caused by defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both [1]. The adoption of a Westernized lifestyle and the increasing prevalence of obesity have contributed to the increasing prevalence of diabetes in Korea (12.4% of adults ≥ 30 years old) [2].
Both type 1 and type 2 DM are recognized as major risk factors for periodontitis, resulting in a three-fold increase in susceptibility to periodontitis [3-6]. Periodontal disease with DM is associated with an increased prevalence of periodontal pockets and severe periodontal disease often resulting in unaesthetic and functional problems in dentition [7,8]. Recent research concluded that diabetes was positively associated with chronic periodontitis in a representative sample of Korean adults (≥ 19 years old) [9]. The association between DM and periodontitis is established and the presence of one condition increases the risk and severity of the other, and vice versa [1,5].
Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease resulting in the destruction of the connective tissue and bone anchoring teeth to the jaws [10]. Periodontally compromised patients usually present with the maxillary labial segment showing proclinaion, irregular spacing, rotation, and over-eruption of teeth [8]. Furthermore, type 2 DM is associated with a 22% increased risk of tooth loss [11]. These conditions may require adjunctive or comprehensive orthodontic treatment.
Traditionally, orthodontic treatment was provided for children, adolescents and young adults, usually in their 20s. However, the number of adult patients commencing orthodontic treatment is growing and periodontal disease must be fully controlled before any orthodontic treatment is undertaken, as well as for the duration of treatment and in the long term [12]. In this context, the interaction among risk factors such as age, sex, obesity, and socioeconomic status such as poverty or education, and periodontitis prevalence has received attention [5,9,13]. Therefore, we investigated the prevalence and risk factors for periodontitis in adults (≥ 30 years old) with DM and without DM.


Study design and participants

This study was based on data derived from the fifth Korean National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (KNHANES), conducted in 2012 by the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Implemented in 1998, KNHANES is a national project targeting all households and citizens living in the Republic of Korea. The aim is to investigate health status, health awareness, actions to improve health, and food and nutritional intake, of the population providing data for the development and evaluation of health policies and programs in Korea [14].
The subjects were selected using a three-step stratified cluster sampling method from the Population and Housing Census Report. A trained investigator visited each household to complete the questionnaires orally. KHNANES data are used to monitor changes in risk factors and diseases [15].
In 2012, 8,057 individuals out of 10,060 (80% response rate) participated in the KHNANES survey. Among these, we identified 5,587 individuals aged ≥ 30 years. Of these, 1,110 were excluded because they did not complete the oral assessment, due to medical conditions or for other reasons. Therefore, a total of 4,477 persons who underwent a complete oral examinations and evaluation of DM status, were included in this study. This study was reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (reference number: 2012-01Exp-01-2C).
DM in adults aged ≥ 30 years was defined as follows: fasting plasma glucose ≥ 126 mg/dL or self-reported diagnosed diabetes or current use of oral hypoglycemic agents and/or insulin [14]. The World Health Organization community periodontal index (CPI) was used to evaluate periodontal health, on a scale ranging from 0 to 4. The eight molars and the upper right and lower left central incisors were examined and for each sextant and individual, the highest score was recorded as the CPI score [14]. In this study, periodontitis was defined as a CPI value of 3 or 4, indicating that at least one side had a ≥ 3.5 mm pocket.

Study variables

Definition of the study variables is based on the guidelines for the use of data derived from the fifth KHNANES. Sociodemographic characteristics, including age, sex, education level, household income, habitation (rural), and marital status were extracted from the health interview survey. Variables were defined as follows: age (years), sex (percentage of individuals of male sex for), education level (percentage of individuals completing middle school or higher education), household income (percentage of households on the lowest 25% quartile of family income), habitation (percentage of subjects living in a rural area), and spouse (percentage of individuals having a spouse).
Nutrition variables, such as daily energy intake (kcal/day) and protein intake (g/day) were obtained from the nutrition survey data. Systemic conditions, such as hypertension and hypercholesterolemia, were identified from the health examination data. Hypertension was defined as systolic blood pressure (BP) ≥ 140 mmHg, diastolic BP ≥ 90 mmHg or use of antihypertensive medication. Hypercholesterolemia was defined as fasting total cholesterol (TC) ≥ 240 mg/dL or use of medication. Data for mental health status was obtained by health interview and the following variables were assessed: stress perception (subjects were asked whether they were under severe stress in their daily life); depression (subjects were asked whether they had feeling of extreme sadness or despair for over 2 weeks in the past year); and suicidal ideation (subjects were asked whether they had thought of committing suicide in the past year). General anthropometric measurements were derived from the health examination survey: height (cm), weight (kg), waist circumference (WC, cm), and body mass index (BMI, kg/m2).
Data for general health behavior, such as smoking status, alcohol consumption, and exercise, were obtained from via self-reported questionnaires. The percentage of current smokers who were currently smoking was determined. Heavy drinking status was defined as the ingestion of ≥ 30.0 g alcohol/day. Exercise was defined as strenuous physical activity at least three times per week or moderate physical activity performed at least five times per week.
Oral health status was established according to the data from a self-administered health interview and health examination. The following parameters were identified: oral pain over the past year, total number of retained teeth, previous orthodontic treatment, any prosthetic appliances, and treatment of periodontal tissues. Oral hygiene behaviors was evaluated by examining the frequency of tooth brushing and the use of oral hygiene products, such as dental floss, interdental brushes, mouth rinse, electronic toothbrushes, water picks, tongue cleaners, specialized tooth brushes for dental implants, and denture care appliances.
The following additionally information was also obtained: glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) [2], TC, high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglyceride (TG) levels, and time since diagnosis of DM.

Statistical analysis

Subjects were divided into two groups, according to the presence or absence of DM. Each group was then divided into a non-periodontitis group and a periodontitis group, according to the CPI value. Continuous variables are presented as means and standard deviations. Categorical variables are presented as percentages. Subgroups were compared to each other: one-way analysis of variance and chi-square tests for mean values of continuous variables and percentages for categorical variables. Variables with p < 0.25 in the univariate test were selected for the multivariate model, along with age. Statistically significant variables were re-analyzed by multiple logistic regression analysis, to evaluate the odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI).
In order to minimize bias in the presentation of prevalence rates, complex sampling was applied to calculate the power of each participant (sample weight) as a representative of the Korean population. Statistical analysis was performed using Stata version 12.0 (Stata Co., College Station, TX, USA) and p values of 0.05 or less were considered statistically significant.


The total number of adults (≥ 30 years old) with available data for both DM and periodontal status was 4,477. Sample demographics, expressed as mean, were as follows: age, 49.8 years; weight, 64.5 kg; BMI, 24 kg/m2; WC, 82.1 cm; number of teeth, 24.9.

Prevalence of periodontitis according to the presence of DM

Analysis of the total study population according to periodontitis only, found that subjects with periodontitis were older, had a higher BMI and WC, and fewer teeth, compared to subjects without periodontitis. The DM prevalence of the periodontitis group was 18.7%, which was significantly higher than that of the non-periodontitis group (9.0%, p < 0.001).
However, when the sample was divided into four groups, according to the presence of DM and periodontitis, the prevalence of periodontitis, adjusted according to sampling weights for the Korean population, was 43.7% in the DM group and 25% in the non-DM group (p < 0.001) (Table 1).

Risk factors of periodontitis in subjects without DM

Among subjects without diabetes (n = 3,860), those with periodontitis were more likely to be male, older age, with lower level of education, lower income, rural habitation, and no spouse. The periodontitis group had a lower daily protein intake, higher BP, weight, WC, and BMI, and a greater proportion of current smokers, compared to the group without periodontitis.
The periodontitis group also had a higher proportion of subjects with experience of oral pain, fewer retained teeth, less frequent tooth brushing, and less frequent use of oral hygiene products compared to subjects without periodontitis. The group also had a history of prosthetic and periodontal treatment and less orthodontic treatment history (Table 1).
Subjects with periodontitis had higher levels of HbA1c and TGs, lower levels of HDL-C, and increased frequency antihypertension and antidyslipidemia medication compared with those without periodontitis (Table 2).

Risk factors of periodontitis in subjects with DM

In the DM group, comparison between subjects with and without periodontitis found that those with periodontitis were more likely to be male, current smokers, have a higher level of education, and experience more severe, oral pain. Tooth brushing and use of oral hygiene products was also less frequent (Table 1).
There was also no significant difference in laboratory tests, including HbA1c, lipid profiles, and DM duration, between the two groups (Table 2).

Factors associated with periodontitis according to the presence of DM

Logistic regression analysis found that age, male sex, urban habitation, WC, current smoking status, experience of oral pain, and history of periodontal treatment history were associated with periodontitis in subjects without DM. Conversely, frequent of tooth brushing was inversely associated with periodontitis (OR, 0.777; 95% CI, 0.671 to 0.899) (Table 3).
In subjects with DM, age, sex, habitation in urban area, WC, history of periodontal treatment, and frequency of tooth brushing were not associated with periodontitis. Only two factors, current smoking status (OR, 1.939; 95% CI, 1.003 to 3.751) and experience of oral pain experience during the year (OR, 2.383; 95% CI, 1.460 to 3.888) were positively associated with periodontitis. Furthermore, use of an oral hygiene product was inversely associated with periodontitis (OR, 0.505; 95% CI, 0.309 to 0.826) (Table 4).


This study investigated risk factors for periodontitis, according to the presence of DM, in representative samples of Korean adults (≥ 30 years of age) identified from the KNHANES database.
Using the data from KNHANES 2012 to 2013, Hong et al. [9] demonstrated that the weighted prevalence of periodontitis among the Korean diabetic population (≥ 19 years) and adult population (≥ 19 years) were 46.7% and 24.8%, respectively. Furthermore, a study involving United States dentate adults aged ≥ 30 years, found a periodontitis prevalence of 47% between 2009 and 2010 [13]. In the present study, the prevalence of periodontitis in adults with DM (≥ 30 years) was 43.7%.
The difference in periodontitis prevalence between our study and previous research using KNHANES can be explained by variation (20.7% for 2012 vs. 25.2% for 2013) of the prevalence of periodontitis in the Korean population and by differences in the definition of subject age group categories.
Adults, aged ≥ 30 years, are the focus of increased attention as potential orthodontic patients. Among subjects without DM, those with periodontitis had fewer retained teeth, less experience of orthodontic treatment but a higher prevalence of both prosthetic treatment and periodontal treatment. They are more likely to be of male sex, with lower education, lower income, and rural habitation without spouse, compared with those without periodontitis; however, HDL-C was significantly lower in adults with periodontitis compared with those without periodontitis.
Conversely, among subjects with DM, there was no association between periodontitis and the following variables: laboratory values, age, household income, living with spouse, number of residual teeth, and experience of orthodontic treatment, prosthetic treatment and periodontal treatment. There was a significant association between periodontitis and the following variables such as male sex, higher levels of education, current smoking status, oral pain, less frequent tooth brushing, and less frequent use of oral hygiene product. In DM periodontitis, one mechanism explaining periodontal tissue destruction is that advanced glycation end products resulting from hyperglycemia leads to the activation of macrophages, producing inflammatory cytokines and reactive oxygen species that increase the periodontal soft and hard tissue destruction [16].
Approximately 25% of subjects without DM had periodontitis while 47.3% of those with DM had periodontitis, suggesting that it is clinically important to identify and compare risk factors for periodontitis between the two groups. The manifestation and progression of periodontitis is influenced by a wide range of factors, including demographic characteristics of subjects, social and behavioral factors, systemic factors, genetic factors, microbial composition of dental plaques, and other emerging risk factors [17]. Although, HbA1c level was not different among subjects with DM, HbA1c level of subjects with periodontitis was significantly higher than that of those without periodontitis among subjects without DM, suggesting a bidirectional relationship between periodontitis and hyperglycemia, with periodontitis inducing hyperglycemia and hyperglycemia increasing the risk of periodontitis.
As with HbA1c, WC and BMI of subjects with periodontitis were significantly higher than that of those without periodontitis among subjects without DM. In our study, WC increased the risk of periodontitis by 1.014-fold in subjects without DM. The underlying mechanisms between obesity and periodontitis are not well defined; however, adipose-tissue-derived-cytokines and hormones may play a key role.
We identified a range of factors for periodontitis, according to the presence of DM. In subjects without DM, the risk factors for periodontitis were comparable to previous research (Table 3) [5,9,13]. However, most factors associated with periodontitis in subjects without DM had no significant correlation in subjects with DM except current smoking, experience of oral pain, and use of hygiene products (Table 4). Therefore, if subjects are suffering from DM, even though they are young adults or female who are very interested in dental/orthodontic treatment [12], periodontitis should be screened for and controlled.
Epidemiologic studies have shown increased periodontal disease among older age groups compared with younger age groups [18,19]. However, periodontal disease in relatively healthy elderly persons is not caused by the aging process alone [20]. In our study, the average age of subjects with periodontitis was significantly older than that of those without periodontitis among subjects without DM (53.5 ± 0.6 vs. 46.9 ± 0.3, p < 0.001), while the age was not statistically different among subjects with DM (60.7 ± 0.9 years vs. 58.4 ± 0.8 years, p = 0.069).
The association between sex and periodontal disease is controversial. In the present study, among subjects without DM, the proportion of male subjects was higher in the periodontitis group than in the group without periodontitis (60.9% vs. 45.6%, p < 0.001) and male sex was significantly associated with periodontitis (OR, 1.644; 95% CI, 1.269 to 2.131). Clinical attachment loss and bone loss were significantly increased in male subjects [18,21]. However, among subjects with DM, there was no difference in the proportion of male subjects between those with periodontitis and those without periodontitis and the periodontitis ORs according to sex (male) was not significant (Table 4). Considering periodontitis as one of the many consequences of chronic systemic inflammation associated with insulin resistance [22,23], insulin-resistant men were found to be more likely to have periodontitis compared to their insulin-sensitive counterparts [24].
Smoking is a well-recognized as a risk factor for periodontal disease [18]. One study showed that smokers were 2.7 times more likely to have moderate to advanced periodontal disease, compared with non-smokers [25]. Significant associations between smoking and both attachment loss and alveolar bone loss have been found [18,21]. Tobacco smokers are at an increased risk of periodontal disease, and tooth loss [26]. It is clear that smoking affects the inflammatory and immune responses, as well as the microvasculature [27]. Smoking has a significant impact on the periodontal health of Korean adults; however, the combined effect of smoking and diabetes had no significant impact [28]. In the present study, smoking was associated with periodontitis in adults without DM (OR, 1.583; 95% CI, 1.215 to 2.062) and with DM (OR, 1.939; 95% CI, 1.003 to 3.751).
Patients with type 2 DM may have greater requirements for periodontal treatment than the non-diabetic population; however, baseline glycemic control, duration of diabetes, and smoking were not associated with treatment response [29]. In a further study, smokers were found to have less favorable results following nonsurgical periodontal therapy, specifically less reduction in probing depth [30].
A systematic review and meta-analysis concluded that infrequent tooth brushing was associated with severe forms of periodontal disease [31]. However, tooth brushing is for cleaning teeth surfaces, while oral hygiene products are designed to reach the specific subgingival tissues, such as interdental areas, the gingival sulcus, and peri-implant tissues. DM may have a compounding effect on the periodontium fluid dynamics in periodontal disease [32]. Furthermore, the inflamed and ulcerated subgingival epithelium in periodontitis allows for entry of oral bacteria and/or bacterial components into the blood stream [33].
In our study, a lower frequency of tooth brushing was a risk factor for periodontitis in subjects without DM (OR, 0.777; 95% CI, 0.671 to 0.899; p < 0.001). This did not apply to subjects with DM. Interestingly, using oral hygiene products reduces periodontitis in subjects with DM (OR, 0.505; 95% CI, 0.309 to 0.826; p = 0.007), but not in those without DM. Therefore, oral hygiene products, such as dental floss, interdental brushes, mouth rinse, electronic toothbrushes, water picks, tongue cleaners, and specialized tooth brushes for dental implants and dentures should be recommended for subjects with DM. Oral hygiene products generally act on specific areas such as interdental sulcus, missed by tooth brushing, which are very effective for cleaning deep periodontal pockets.
There were a number of limitations of our study. First, CPI is a simple way of evaluating periodontal status in a community survey, although there is a high chance of subjective over- or under-estimation for periodontal pocket. Second, the mean HbA1c level was analyzed according to the presence of DM and periodontitis; however, this does not indicate whether the blood glucose levels of the DM patients were adequately managed. Third, the severity of periodontitis was not considered.
Increasing numbers of adults are likely to seek orthodontic treatment. Adult orthodontic treatment has a role in providing complete rehabilitation of both appearance and function, if the patient with periodontitis responds well to periodontal therapy [8]. Also, the prevalence of DM is increasing in Korea. For orthodontic treatment, well-controlled DM is not a contraindication [34]. In adults with active periodontitis, however, patients with symptoms of DM should always be referred to physician for avoiding uncontrolled or poorly controlled DM.


1. The population with diabetes mellitus (DM) has an increased risk of periodontitis, compared to those without DM.
2. Current smoking status and a 1-year history of oral pain are associated with an increased risk of periodontitis in the population with DM.
3. Conversely, use of oral hygiene products can reduce the prevalence of periodontal disease in the population with DM.

Conflict of interest

No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

Table 1.
Prevalence of periodontitis and characteristics of the subjects according to diabetes and periodontitis
Characteristic Non-DM periodontitis
DM periodontitis
(–) (n = 2,855) (+) (n = 1,005) p value (–) (n = 350) (+) (n = 267) p value
Prevalence - 25 (1.2) - 43.7 (1.2) < 0.001
Sociodemographic characteristic
 Age, yr 46.9 ± 0.3 53.5 ± 0.6 < 0.001 58.4 ± 0.8 60.7 ± 0.9 0.069
 Male sex 45.6 (1.1) 60.9 (1.9) < 0.001 46.4 (3.3) 58.1 (3.1) 0.012
 Education, ≥ middle school 85.3 (1) 72 (2) < 0.001 67 (3.2) 56.4 (4.1) 0.044
 Household income, < 25% 10.7 (0.9) 19 (1.8) < 0.001 24.9 (2.5) 32.7 (3.7) 0.071
 Habitation, rural 15.9 (2.7) 28.2 (4.6) < 0.001 22.2 (4.2) 29.6 (6.5) 0.154
 Spouse, yes 88.8 (0.8) 84.8 (1.6) 0.007 83.4 (2.3) 81.3 (3) 0.556
 Energy intake, kcal/day 2,018 ± 20.9 2,081.4 ± 44.3 0.183 1,846.8 ± 60 1,812.1 ± 61.4 0.699
 Protein, g/day 15.0 ± 0.1 14.4 ± 0.2 0.015 14.8 ± 0.3 14.6 ± 0.4 0.723
Systemic conditions
 Hypertension 24.8 (1.2) 32.2 (2) < 0.001 57.2 (3.4) 62.6 (4) 0.285
 Hypercholesterolemia 13.3 (0.8) 14.1 (1.3) 0.564 29.3 (3.1) 28.3 (3) 0.815
Mental health
 Stress perception 26.4 (1.1) 22.3 (1.8) 0.067 25.9 (3.2) 23.1 (3.2) 0.537
 Depression 13.4 (0.7) 13.1 (1.3) 0.839 15 (2.5) 13.8 (2.9) 0.760
 Thought of committing suicide 11.9 (0.7) 13.2 (1.3) 0.365 18.1 (2.8) 14.5 (2.9) 0.383
 Height, cm 163.7 ± 0.2 163.8 ± 0.4 0.923 160.6 ± 0.6 161.7 ± 0.7 0.242
 Weight, kg 63.9 ± 0.3 65 ± 0.5 0.050 65.9 ± 0.8 66.9 ± 1.3 0.532
 WC, cm 80.7 ± 0.3 83.2 ± 0.4 < 0.001 86.9 ± 0.7 88.3 ± 1 0.289
 BMI, kg/m2 23.8 ± 0.1 24.2 ± 0.1 0.011 25.5 ± 0.2 25.5 ± 0.5 0.955
General health behaviors
 Current smoker 20.3 (1.1) 30.1 (2.2) < 0.001 16.8 (2.5) 26.3 (3.2) 0.019
 Alcohol, ≥ 30.0 g/day 18.8 (1) 22.3 (1.9) 0.102 17.4 (3) 22.3 (3.6) 0.254
 Exercise, ≥ moderate 16.8 (0.9) 16.9 (1.6) 0.977 13.6 (2.1) 12.8 (2.4) 0.823
Oral health
 Oral pain (during the year) 34 (1.3) 45.4 (2.1) < 0.001 31.5 (3.2) 50.4 (3.6) < 0.001
 No. of retained teeth 25.7 ± 0.1 23.9 ± 0.2 < 0.001 22 ± 0.5 21.9 ± 0.5 0.919
 Orthodontic treatment, yes 4.2 (0.5) 1.8 (0.7) 0.033 1.6 (1.2) 0.8 (0.6) 0.486
 Prosthetic treatment, yes 33.7 (1.1) 50.2 (2.2) < 0.001 57.5 (3.3) 58 (4.1) 0.984
 Periodontal treatment, yes 8.1 (0.6) 15.1 (1.4) < 0.001 13.1 (2.4) 12 (2.5) 0.757
Oral health behaviors
 Tooth brushing (frequency), time/day < 0.001 0.024
  ≤ 1 9.1 (0.8) 15.5 (1.4) 12 (2.2) 22.3 (3.2)
  Twice 37.4 (1.2) 47.1 (2.1) 42.8 (3.4) 42.6 (3.7)
  ≥ 2 53.5 (1.2) 37.4 (2.2) 45.2 (3.5) 35.1 (3.9)
 Oral hygiene product 51 (1.3) 43.6 (2) 0.003 42.5 (3.3) 27.5 (3.3) 0.002

Values are presented as number (%) or mean ± SD. Household income: monthly average family equivalent income.

DM, diabetes mellitus; WC, waist circumference; BMI, body mass index.

Table 2.
Laboratory values in accordance with diabetes and periodontitis
Variable Non-DM periodontitis
DM periodontitis
(–) (n = 2,855) (+) (n = 1,005) p value (–) (n = 350) (+) (n = 267) p value
HbA1c, % 5. 5 ± 0.0 5.6 ± 0.02 < 0.001 7.3 ± 0.1 7.4 ± 0.1 0.543
TC, mg/dL 192.2 ± 1 193.8 ± 1.4 0.334 190.3 ± 3.7 189.3 ± 3.2 0.838
HDL-C, mg/dL 52.4 ± 0.3 49.3 ± 0.5 < 0.001 47.3 ± 0.8 45.4 ± 0.8 0.068
LDL-C, mg/dL 114.4 ± 0.8 116.3 ± 1.2 0.167 105.8 ± 2.8 109.4 ± 2.9 0.356
TG, mg/dLa 108.8 (105.9–111.9) 125.9 (120.3–131.8) < 0.001 158.1 (144.9–172.6) 152.5 (139.4–166.9) 0.566
Anti-HBP medication 23.4 (1.2) 34.4 (2.5) < 0.001 42. 2 (3.8) 45.7 (4.3) 0.506
Anti-lipid medication 23.4 (1.2) 34.2 (2.4) < 0.001 41.4 (3.7) 45.8 (4.3) 0.413
DM duration, yr - - - 6.2 ± 0.6 5.8 ± 0.5 0.639

Values are presented as mean ± SE or frequency (%).

DM, diabetes mellitus; HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin; TC, total cholesterol; HDL-C, high density lipoprotein cholesterol; LDL-C, low density lipoprotein cholesterol; TG, triglyceride; HBP, high blood pressure.

a Triglyceride level is presented as geometric mean (95% confidence interval).

Table 3.
Multiple logistic regression analysis of periodontitis risk factors in adults without diabetes mellitus
Variable OR (95% CI) p value
Sociodemographic characteristic
 Age, yr 1.035 (1.025–1.046) < 0.001
 Male sex I.644 (1.269-2.131) < 0.001
 Education, ≥ middle school 0.873 (0.612-1.246) 0.455
 Household income, < 25% 1.005 (0.704-1.433) 0.980
 Habitation, urban 1.737 (1.229-2.455) 0.002
Mental health
 Stress perception 0.877 (0.677-1.136) 0.320
Anthropometric measurement
 Waist circumference, cm 1.014 (1.001-1.028) 0.037
General health behavior
 Current smoker 1.583 (1.215-2.062) < 0.001
 Alcohol consumption, ≥ 30.0 g/day 0.904 (0.670-1.220) 0.510
Oral health
 Oral pain (during the year) 1.486 (1.186-1.861) < 0.001
 No. of retained teeth 1.007 (0.984-1.030) 0.549
 Orthodontic treatment, yes 0.720 (0.311-1.670) 0.445
 Prosthetic treatment, yes 1.168 (0.905-1.507) 0.234
 Periodontal treatment, yes 1.763 (1.307-2.379) < 0.001
Oral health behavior
 Tooth brushing (frequency) 0.777 (0.671-0.899) < 0.001
 Oral hygiene product 1.015 (0.812-1.267) 0.897

OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval.

Table 4.
Multiple logistic regression analysis of periodontitis risk factors in adults with diabetes mellitus
Variable OR (95% CI) p value
Sociodemographic characteristic
 Age, yr 1.017 (0.992-1.042) 0.194
 Female sex 0.900 (0.524-1.545) 0.703
 Education, ≥ middle school 0.884 (0.467-1.673) 0.704
 Household income, < 25% 0.885 (0.497-1.575) 0.677
 Habitation, urban 1.250 (0.687-2.727) 0.465
General health behavior
 Current smoker 1.939 (1.003-3.751) 0.049
Oral health
 Oral pain (during the year) 2.383 (1.460-3.888) < 0.001
Oral health behavior
 Tooth brushing (frequency) 0.718 (0.486-1.062) 0.098
 Oral hygiene product 0.505 (0.309-0.826) 0.007

OR, odds ratio; CI, confidence interval.


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