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Comparison of adult oral health in Australia, the USA, Germany and the UK


Crocombe, LA and Meija, GC and Kroster, CR and Slade, GD, Comparison of adult oral health in Australia, the USA, Germany and the UK, Australian Dental Journal, 54, (2) pp. 147-153. ISSN 1834-7819 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 Australian Dental Association

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1834-7819.2009.01108.x


Background: Australian adults reportedly have poor oral health when compared to 28 other OECD countries. The Australian ranking was based on edentulism and caries experience data from selected age groups that apparently were collected in 1987–88. The objective of this study was to compare the oral health of Australian adults with that of three other western countries that have comprehensive oral health survey data.

Methods: Published data were obtained from the NHANES 2003–2004, the Fourth German Oral Health Study 2005 and the UK Adult Dental Health Survey 1998. Data from the Australian NSAOH 2004–06 were analysed to generate comparable age-specific estimates using nine dental clinical indicators, two measures of oral hygiene behaviour and two of dental attendance.

Results: Australia had the best oral health based on two clinical indicators, was equal first on three indicators and ranked second in the remaining clinical indicators. Australia ranked first or second based on dental flossing, use of mouthwash and frequency of dental attendance.

Conclusions: The oral health of the Australian adult population was among the best of the four nations studied.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Dental health surveys, oral health, epidemiology.
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Dentistry
Research Field:Dentistry not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Dental health
UTAS Author:Crocombe, LA (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
ID Code:85852
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:24
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2013-08-09
Last Modified:2013-09-18

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