Association of lifestyle with periodontal health

Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 1995 Jun;23(3):155-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0528.1995.tb00220.x.


All the 1012, 55-yr-old citizens of Oulu (a medium-sized Finnish town) were invited to a clinical examination, and 780 of them participated. The associations of lifestyle with periodontal health were analyzed in the 527 dentate subjects. Periodontal pockets deeper than 3 mm were recorded as a percentage of the surfaces at risk. Lifestyle was measured by questions about dietary habits, smoking habits, alcohol consumption and physical activity. Lifestyle had an independent association with periodontal health. Periodontal pocketing increased with an unhealthier lifestyle. Lifestyle could explain some of the social and sex differences in periodontal health.

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects
  • Cohort Studies
  • Dental Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Diet
  • Female
  • Finland / epidemiology
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Life Style*
  • Likelihood Functions
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Periodontal Pocket / epidemiology
  • Periodontal Pocket / etiology*
  • Periodontal Pocket / psychology
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Social Class
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Toothbrushing / statistics & numerical data