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Chewing abilities of elderly populations in Europe.
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PMID:  21851348     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To describe variations in chewing abilities of elderly populations in different European countries.
METHODS: We used data from the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE Wave 2) and estimated a series of multivariate logistic regression models in order to analyse variations in self-reported ability to bite and chew on hard foods by persons aged 50+ from 14 European countries (P < 0.05).
RESULTS: Abilities to bite and chew on hard foods are comparably high in Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands but comparably low in Spain, Denmark, France, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Czechia, and Poland. Median levels are observed in Austria, Germany, and Ireland.
CONCLUSIONS: The best chewing abilities seem to exist amongst elderly populations in Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands but comparably low chewing abilities appear to prevail amongst those in Spain, Denmark, France, Greece, Belgium, Italy, Czechia, and Poland. Future research is encouraged to identify the exact causes and consequences of such disparities in oral health.
Stefan Listl
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International dental journal     Volume:  61     ISSN:  0020-6539     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Dent J     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-19     Completed Date:  2011-10-13     Revised Date:  2014-07-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374714     Medline TA:  Int Dent J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  175-8     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
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© 2011 FDI World Dental Federation.
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MeSH Terms
Dental Health Surveys
Logistic Models
Middle Aged

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