Socio-economic and behavioural risk factors for tooth loss from age 18 to 26 among participants in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study
posted by Research Admin on 25 May 2010
Year of Publication
Caries Research, 34(5), 361-6
Journal article (peer reviewed)
Examines the risk factors associated with tooth loss between the ages of 18 and 26 using data from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, Among the 821 study members who were examined at both ages, one or more teeth were lost because of caries by 85 individuals (10.3%). Episodic dental visitors had 3.1 times the odds of their routine visiting counterparts of losing a tooth over the observation period. The number of teeth lost was, on average, 2.3 times higher among episodic dental visitors. The authors conclude that inequalities in tooth loss appear to begin early in the life course, and are modified by individuals' socioeconomic status and dental visiting patterns.
Type of Study
Longitudinal, Prospective cohort study, Quantitative