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Type: Journal article
Title: Distribution of coronal and root caries experience among persons aged 60+ in South Australia
Author: Slade, G.
Spencer, A.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 1997; 42(3):178-184
Publisher: WILEY
Issue Date: 1997
ISSN: 0045-0421
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Gary D. Slade, A. John Spencer
Abstract: This report provides epidemiological data describing caries experience among the population of non-institutionalized older adults in Adelaide and Mt Gambier. Subjects were selected in a stratified random sample of persons aged 60+ who were listed on the South Australian Electoral Database. Oral examinations were conducted by four calibrated dentists among 853 dentate persons aged 60 years and over. There was an average of 14.7 missing teeth, 8.3 filled teeth and 0.3 decayed teeth, and a further 0.2 teeth were present as retained roots. The mean number of missing teeth was higher (p < 0.05) in older compared with younger age groups, and in Mt Gambier compared with Adelaide. The mean DFS of 22.1 was significantly higher (p < 0.05) among younger persons, females and in Adelaide. Root surface caries affected an average of 3.1 surfaces, and was greater (p < 0.05) among persons aged 70-79 years, males and Adelaide residents. However, when root caries was expressed as an attack rate per 100 exposed surfaces, differences were statistically significant only among age groups. Analysis of specific teeth revealed that no more than 40 per cent of molars were retained, and between 30 and 58 per cent of retained molars had coronal fillings.
Keywords: Molar
Tooth Loss
Dental Caries
Root Caries
Observer Variation
DMF Index
Reproducibility of Results
Dental Restoration, Permanent
Age Factors
Sex Factors
Health Status
Middle Aged
Oral Health
South Australia
Description: The document attached has been archived with permission from the Australian Dental Association. An external link to the publisher’s copy is included.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.1997.tb00118.x
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