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Continuing Education Program — May 2013

Article 1: Diabetes and tooth loss: an analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2003-2004

1. What percentage of survey participants 50 years or older who reported having diabetes was totally edentulous?

2. What was the mean number of missing teeth among dentate participants 50 years or older who reported having diabetes?

3. On the basis of the multiple linear regression analysis for number of missing teeth among adults 50 years or older, what was the adjusted odds ratio associated with diabetes, after adjustment for other variables?

4. In this age group, what percentage of cases of edentulism did the authors estimate could be linked with diabetes?

Article 2: The prevalence of temporomandibular disorders in patients with late whiplash syndrome who experience orofacial pain: a case-control series study

1. Which one of the following was diagnosed most frequently among participants in the late whiplash syndrome (LWS) group?

2. What percentage of participants in the LWS group had not received a diagnosis of temporomandibular disorder (TMD)?

3. What percentage of participants in the control group had not received a diagnosis of TMD?

4. Of the following, which one was associated with a significantly greater percentage of patients in the LWS group than in the control group?

Article 3: Treatments for hypersensitive noncarious cervical lesions: a Practitioners Engaged in Applied Research and Learning (PEARL) Network randomized clinical effectiveness study

1. For the group of patients receiving sealants, what was the mean clinically measured sensitivity score at the immediate posttreatment assessment?

2. At the six-month follow-up assessment, what was the median improvement in patient-reported sensitivity for the sealant group?

3. On the basis of intention-to-treat analyses, which statement accurately summarizes the study’s conclusions about clinically measured sensitivity after six months?

4. Based on intention-to-treat analyses, which statement accurately summarizes the study’s conclusions about patient-reported sensitivity after six months?

Article 4: An evaluation of 10 percent and 20 percent benzocaine gels in patients with acute toothaches: efficacy, tolerability and compliance with label dose administration directions

1. What percentage of patients who received the 20 percent benzocaine gel was classified as responders in this study?

2. What percentage of patients who received the (vehicle) placebo gel was classified as responders?

3. What was the median time elapsed from baseline to meaningful pain relief for the patients who received 10 percent benzocaine gel?

4. What percentage of patients applied 400 milligrams or less of the study gel?

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