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Type: Journal article
Title: Risk indicators of caries experience among young adults
Author: Roberts-Thomson, K.
Stewart, J.
Citation: Australian Dental Journal, 2008; 53(2):122-127
Publisher: Australian Dental Assn Inc
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0045-0421
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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.
Keywords: Humans
Dental Caries
DMF Index
Health Status Indicators
Risk Assessment
Dental Care
Health Behavior
Socioeconomic Factors
Oral Health
Educational Status
Dental Clinics
Public Assistance
Insurance, Dental
South Australia
DOI: 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2008.00020.x
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