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|Title:||Risk indicators of caries experience among young adults|
|Citation:||Australian Dental Journal, 2008; 53(2):122-127|
|Publisher:||Australian Dental Assn Inc|
|Roberts-Thomson K and Stewart JF.|
|Abstract:||Background: Significant gains have been documented on the oral health of Australian children. However, the question remains as to whether improvements have extended to the oral health of young adults. This study aimed to determine the risk indicators associated with oral health status in young adults aged 20-25 years. Methods: A random sample of young adults was selected from the South Australian electoral roll. Telephone interviews were conducted for 1261 young adults. These provided socio-demographic, health behaviour and dental visiting data. Dental examinations were carried out on 644 subjects by three calibrated examiners in clinical settings. Results: The mean number of tooth surfaces affected by dental caries (DMFS) was 6.05 with the presence of untreated cavitated decayed surfaces (DS) evident in 28.6 per cent. In regression models the risk indicators associated with DS were being on government benefits, unemployed, usually visiting for a problem rather than a check, visiting a public clinic, drinking 5+ acidic drinks per day and being a current smoker. Risk indicators for higher DMFS scores were usually visiting for a problem, visiting a public clinic, being on government benefits and having made a dental visit in the previous 2 years. Conclusions: Socio-demographic factors, dental visiting patterns and general health behaviours are risk indicators for caries in young adults.|
Health Status Indicators
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