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Root caries in 35-44 and 65-74 year-olds in Turkey.
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PMID:  23038941     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence and related factors of root caries in Turkish 35-44 and 65-74 year-olds.
BASIC RESEARCH DESIGN: In this cross-sectional study, using a proportional stratified cluster sampling, 1,631 subjects aged 35-44 years and 1,545 aged 65-74 years were examined. Data were collected via a structured, pre-tested face-to-face administered questionnaire and oral examination following WHO 1997 guidance. Statistical significance was evaluated with chi2 test and binary logistic regression analyses to determine the significance of explanatory variables.
RESULTS: The prevalence of root caries was 20.1% in dentate 35-44 year-olds, 28.4% in 65-74 year-olds. Mean decayed root increased significantly with the increasing number of retained natural teeth (p = 0.010 for 35-44 and p < 0.001 for 65-74 year-olds). First molars were the most affected by root caries in both age groups. For adults, being male (OR = 1.37), rural residence (OR =1.50), being unschooled (OR = 3.07), no tooth brushing (OR = 1.83) and never visiting dentist (OR = 2.03) were the predictors of the presence of root caries. For elderly, rural residence (OR = 1.54), no tooth brushing (OR = 1.89), and never visiting dentist (OR = 2.38) were the determinants of root caries.
CONCLUSION: There is a need for the increased implementation of oral health measures with increasing age in Turkey.
S Gökalp; B Güçiz Doğan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Community dental health     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0265-539X     ISO Abbreviation:  Community Dent Health     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8411261     Medline TA:  Community Dent Health     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  233-8     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Dept of Conservative Dentistry, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Dentistry, Ankara, Turkey.
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