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Socio-economic and behavioural risk factors for tooth loss from age 18 to 26 among participants in the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study

NZ Literature Abstract

posted by Research Admin on 25 May 2010


W. Murray Thomson
Richie Poulton
Estie Kruger
Dorothy Boyd

Year of Publication



Caries Research, 34(5), 361-6

Publication Type

Journal article (peer reviewed)

Publication Status



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


Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study