Unique inverse association between allergic rhinitis and periodontitis: a nationwide population-based study

Dae Yeob Kim, Jae Kwan Lee, Eun Kyoung Pang, Seong Ho Choi, Jong Bin Lee

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The increase in fine dust levels in the atmosphere has been associated with a growth in the incidence of environmental diseases, including allergic rhinitis (AR). Nasal obstruction caused by AR can impact the conditions in the oral cavity. The aim of this study was to determine the association between AR and periodontitis in the Republic of Korea. This study was based on data from the Seventh Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES VII-1, 2016), which was conducted by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study included 6129 adults older than 19 years. Sociodemographic information and medical variables including history of treatment of periodontitis (HTP) reflecting diagnosis of periodontitis and diagnosis of diseases such as AR were extracted from the data. HTP and AR were reported for 22.81 ± 0.84% (weighted percentage ± standard error) and 15.32 ± 0.63% of the studied population, respectively. A diagnosis of AR was reported for 11.07 ± 1.28% of those with HTP and for 17.55 ± 1.84% of those without HTP. From these, it was inferred that the prevalence of HTP was 1.536-fold higher in the non-AR group than in their counterparts with AR. Significant association was found between AR and HTP among those aged ≤ 64 years and the odds ratio (OR) of AR group for HTP was 0.62 (95% confidence interval:0.44–0.87; P = 0.0057). From this result, it can be inferred that patients diagnosed AR have lower risk of periodontitis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7444
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023

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