Edentulism is the end-product of years of poor oral health, with substantial personal, societal, and economic burden. Tracking the multiple factors contributing to this poor oral health outcome will be possible in the AoU database, and could lead to a much more detailed understanding of the genetic and behavioral risk factors involved, including chronic systemic health problems. This is turn may point to specific interventions to alleviate this debilitating condition.
Idea No. 666