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Satisfaction with teeth and life-course predictors: a prospective study of a Swedish 1942 birth cohort
Orebro County Council.
University Bergen.
University Bergen.
Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Public Dental Service, Centre for Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry.
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2010 (English)In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ORAL SCIENCES, ISSN 0909-8836, Vol. 118, no 1, 66-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aimed to assess the stability or change in satisfaction with teeth among Swedish adults between the ages of 50 and 65 yr, and to identify the impact of socio-demographics and of clinical and subjective oral health indicators on participants satisfaction with teeth during that period. Self-administered standardized questionnaires were used as part of a longitudinal study. In 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007 all residents (born in 1942) of two Swedish counties were invited to participate in the study. A total of 63% women and 66% men reported being satisfied with their teeth between 50 and 65 yr of age. The corresponding figures, with respect to dissatisfaction, were 7% and 6% respectively. Generalized estimated equation models revealed a decline in the odds of being satisfied with advancing age, which was particularly important in subjects with lower education, tooth loss, and smokers. Consolidation in oral health perceptions starts before age 50, suggesting early intervention before that age. Promotion of a healthy adult lifestyle and improved access to quality oral healthcare might increase the likelihood of people being satisfied with their teeth throughout the third age-period in both genders.

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2010. Vol. 118, no 1, 66-74 p.
Keyword [en]
elderly, life-course perspective, oral health promotion, satisfaction with oral health
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54074DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0722.2009.00702.xISI: 000274259500010OAI: diva2:298295
Available from: 2010-02-22 Created: 2010-02-22 Last updated: 2011-05-06

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