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Is clinical oral health poorer in regional areas compared with major city areas?


Crocombe, LA and Stewart, JF and Brennan, DS and Slade, GD and Spencer, AJ, Is clinical oral health poorer in regional areas compared with major city areas?, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21, (3) pp. 150-157. ISSN 1038-5282 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12034


Objective: To determine if clinical oral health outcomes differ between people who reside in major city, inner regional and outer regional areas of Australia.

Design: Data from the National Survey of Adult Oral Health 2004-06 that used a clustered stratified random sampling design with telephone interviews, standardised oral epidemiological examinations and self-complete questionnaires were used to compare the clinical oral health. Main outcome measures: Decayed, missing and filled permanent teeth.

Participants: Australians aged 15 years or more. Data were weighted by age, sex and regional location to the Estimated Resident Population, bivariate analysis undertaken to determine confounders and multivariate analysis completed with dental caries clinical measures as dependent variables.

Results: Inner regional people had a significantly higher decayed, missing and filled teeth than people from major cities (Estimate=1.15, P<0.01), but there was no difference between inner and regional areas. Older people had higher outcomes for decayed, missing and filled teeth (15.42, P<0.01) and missing teeth (9.66, P<0.01), but less decayed teeth (-0.37, P<0.01), and people with the highest incomes had lower dental caries experience (-1.34, P<0.01) and missing teeth (-1.42, P<0.01).

Conclusion: Dental caries experience was greater in inner regional areas than in major city areas, but not outer regional areas. Dental caries experience was similar in outer regional and major city areas. 2013 The Authors. Australian Journal of Rural Health National Rural Health Alliance Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dental health, health outcomes research, oral epidemiology, rural health.
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:85859
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2013-08-09
Last Modified:2014-05-02

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