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Adult dental health survey 2009: association between oral health outcomes and living arrangements of older adults in the UK.

Aminu, Abodunrin Q.

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Abodunrin Q. Aminu



Abstract

Introduction: Considering the growing ageing populations and the impact of oral health in the wellbeing of older adults, there is a need for understanding dental care utilisation among this group. The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between living arrangements, oral health status and dental care utilisation of older adults in the UK. Design: In this study, complete case analyses were carried out for the Adult Dental Health Survey (ADHS) 2009 wave including 1,251 older adults aged 75 years and over. Logistic regression analyses were carried out to explore the relationship between living arrangements and oral health outcomes of older adults. Results: Findings from this study show that almost half (45.2%) of the study population were living alone at the time the ADHS 2009 data were collected. At P less than 0.05, older adults living alone were more likely to have a denture (OR= 1.40, 95% CI 1.09, 1.79), poor self-rated oral health status (OR= 1.28, 95% CI 1.00, 1.64) and poor dental care attendance (OR= 1.60 95% CI 1.35, 2.15) compared to those that lived with someone. Conclusions: Living arrangements as a form of social support seems to play a role in understanding the accessibility of dental care to older adults.

Citation

AMINU, A.Q. 2019. Adult dental health survey 2009: association between oral health outcomes and living arrangements of older adults in the UK. British dental journal [online], 227(2), pages 115-120. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-019-0487-0

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 22, 2019
Online Publication Date Jul 26, 2019
Publication Date Jul 31, 2019
Deposit Date Aug 15, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 15, 2019
Journal British Dental Journal
Print ISSN 0007-0610
Electronic ISSN 1476-5373
Publisher Springer Nature [academic journals on nature.com]
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 227
Issue 2
Pages 115-120
DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-019-0487-0
Keywords Aged; Dental care for Aged; Health services for the aged; Housing for the elderly
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/341135

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