Are statins associated with decreased tooth loss in chronic periodontitis?
: Blackwell Synergy
Aim: To evaluate whether statin use was associated with decreased tooth loss among
patients with chronic periodontitis.
Material and Methods: We evaluated administrative health plan data from 1996 to
2002 covering dental and periodontal treatment utilization, dental extractions, and
prescription medication fills of 12,631 adults aged 48Ã¢â‚¬â€œ64 in 2002. With tooth loss as
the outcome, we evaluated a number of different patterns of statin prescription across
time in multivariate generalized linear models.
Results: Unadjusted, statin use was associated with increased tooth loss. After
adjustment for potential confounders, there was no suggestion of either increased or
decreased tooth loss associated with statin use.
Conclusions: Statin use was not associated with either a decreased or an increased
risk of tooth loss.
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