Islas-Granillo et al identified risk factors for an elderly Mexican adult to become edentulous. These can help to identify a younger adult at risk who might benefit from preventive measures. The authors are from Universidad Autonoma del Estrado de Hidalgo, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Universidad Autonoma de Campeche, Indiana/Purdue University at Indianapolis School of Dentistry and the Regenstrief Institute (Indianapolis).


Patient selection: Mexican adult >= 60 years old


Most important risk factors (odds ratio > 4):

(1) tobacco use

(2) radiation therapy (often for head and neck cancer)

(3) divorced or widowed


Additional risk factors (odds ratios 2 to 4):

(1) single

(2) diabetes

(3) hypertension


Additional risk factors (odds ratio < 2):

(1) on publically funded insurance

(2) did not complete elementary school

(3) other comorbid conditions


The lowest risk should be for someone who:

(1) is married

(2) is economically better off (has private insurance)

(3) is better educated

(4) does not smoke

(5) does not have comorbid health conditions


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