Caries dental en adultos y adultos mayores Uruguayos: Resultados del primer Estudio Uruguayo de Salud Oral

Translated title of the contribution: Dental caries in Uruguayan adults and elders: Findings from the first Uruguayan National Oral Health Survey

Licet Álvarez, Judith Liberman, Soledad Abreu, Carolina Mangarelli, Marcos B. Correa, Flávio Fernando Demarco*, Susana Lorenzo, Gustavo G. Nascimento

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Abstract

This study aimed to assess dental caries status and associated factors in Uruguayan adults and elders using data from the first Uruguayan National Oral Health Survey. Data were representative of the country as a whole. Sociodemographic information was collected with a closed questionnaire. Dental caries was assessed by clinical examination using the DMFT index. The final sample consisted of 769 participants. Mean DMFT was 15.20 and 24.12 for the 35-44 and 65-74-year age groups, respectively. Mean number of decayed teeth was 1.70 in adults and 0.66 in elders. Multivariate analyses showed higher prevalence of dental caries associated with age 65-74 years, low socioeconomic status, use of public dental services, presence of gingivitis; for decayed teeth, age 35-44 years, low socioeconomic status, use of public dental services, infrequent tooth brushing, need for oral health care, and presence of root caries showed higher severity. Uruguayan adults and elders from disadvantaged backgrounds concentrated a heavier burden of dental caries.

Translated title of the contributionDental caries in Uruguayan adults and elders: Findings from the first Uruguayan National Oral Health Survey
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)1663-1672
Number of pages10
JournalCadernos de Saude Publica
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Dental caries
  • Oral health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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