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Adult Dental Health Survey 2009: common oral health conditions and their impact on the population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23222333     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Data from the Adult Dental Survey conducted in 2009/10 have recorded some major changes in the pattern of oral conditions in British adults. The change in the number of sound and untreated teeth in recent decades has been particularly marked in younger adults. Across all ages there were 17.9 sound and untreated teeth per dentate adult, but among the youngest (16-24-year-olds) it was 26.9 teeth indicating rapidly improving prospects for young adults compared with their predecessors. Between 1998 and 2009 the overall prevalence of caries of all types in England has fallen dramatically from 54% to 31% overall, but the number of teeth affected by caries among those people affected by decay is almost unchanged at around 2.7 affected teeth per person. Caries, and the reduction in caries, affected people of all ages. The rate of new restorations is correspondingly low and young adults in particular had fewer restorations than their predecessors. Much activity is now likely to be around repairing or extending existing restorations. By contrast 37% of dentate adults had crowns, up from 34% in 1998, averaging around three crowns per person among those who have crowns. A minority of British adults had a very healthy periodontal status (17%) and moderate periodontal disease (pockets of 4 mm to less than 6 mm) has also reduced markedly in the last decade, in line with measurably less plaque and more frequent brushing. However, more severe disease has increased slightly (from 6% to 9% of adults). The frequency of impact of poor oral health on people's lives has also reduced in the last decade. However, while clinical conditions are improving, there is a proportion of dentate adults that experience negative effects on their daily life frequently (16%) and/or severely (17%) due to their oral health; who are more likely to be those in a lower socioeconomic position and those with worse clinical status in terms of caries and periodontal disease.
D A White; G Tsakos; N B Pitts; E Fuller; G V A Douglas; J J Murray; J G Steele
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British dental journal     Volume:  213     ISSN:  1476-5373     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Dent J     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-10     Completed Date:  2013-04-08     Revised Date:  2013-04-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513219     Medline TA:  Br Dent J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  567-72     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
School of Dentistry, University of Birmingham, St Chad's Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6NN, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Age Factors
Crowns / statistics & numerical data
DMF Index
Dental Caries / epidemiology
Dental Health Surveys
Dental Plaque / epidemiology
Dental Prosthesis Repair / statistics & numerical data
Dental Pulp Diseases / epidemiology
Dental Restoration, Permanent / statistics & numerical data
Great Britain / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Periodontal Diseases / epidemiology*
Periodontal Pocket / epidemiology
Quality of Life
Sex Factors
Social Class
Tooth Diseases / epidemiology*
Tooth Wear / epidemiology
Toothbrushing / statistics & numerical data
Young Adult
Comment In:
Br Dent J. 2013 Mar 22;214(6):273-4   [PMID:  23518954 ]

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