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The impact of oral health on people in the UK in 1998

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Jimmy Steele CBE


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Knowledge of the extent of dental disease gives a clinical indication of the experience of dental problems but it does not necessarily reflect the problems that people experience as a result of their dentition. It is becoming increasingly appreciated that the way a disease affects people's lives is just as important as epidemiological measures of its prevalence or incidence. The 1998 Adult Dental Health survey is the first of the decennial series of UK adult dental health surveys to use and report a measure of the self-perceived impact on people of the dental and periodontal diseases and other oral conditions. Over half (51%) of dentate adults said they had been affected in some way by their oral health, and in 8% of cases the impact was sufficient to have reduced their quality of life.

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Author(s): Steele JG; Nuttall NM; Pine CM; White D; Pitts NB

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2001

Volume: 190

Issue: 3

Pages: 121-126

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4800901


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