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IMPACT OF ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS ON TOOTH LOSS Discussion It is important to note that our findings address those individuals who have made an effort to obtain dental services at the University of the Pacific Dental School Main Clinic and do not address the experiences of persons who are not currently seeking dental care. Our hypothesis is that patients who are partially or completely edentulous would differ qualitatively in attitudes and/ or behaviors from patients with most of their teeth. That these two groups would differ attitudinally regarding the value of their teeth was not supported. Both groups categorized their teeth as “essential to me.” Participants born outside the United States were slightly more likely to call their teeth