Abstract: Objective: To examine the relationship of poor dental health and depression, controlling for markers of inflammation (C-Reactive Protein; CRP) and adiposity (Body Mass Index; BMI).Method: Data from two National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) (2005–2008) were utilized (n=10, 214). Dental health was assessed using the Oral Health Questionnaire (OHQ). Depression was measured using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), where cases were identified using a cut off score of 10 or above.

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