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Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark Pearce,
Professor Angus Walls,
Emeritus Professor Jimmy Steele CBE
Socio-economic variations in health exist for a wide range of health outcomes, including oral health and oral-health-related quality of life (OHRQoL). Less is known regarding how socioeconomic trajectories may influence oral health and OHRQoL. This study examined whether social mobility is related to the number of teeth retained by age 50 years and OHRQoL measured at the same time, using data from the Newcastle Thousand Families Study, a birth cohort established in 1947. Women remaining in the non-manual class had the greatest tooth retention. While promotion of a healthier lifestyle and continued improvements in oral hygiene throughout life appear to be the public health interventions most likely to improve oral health into middle age, there may be subgroups of the population on which different approaches in terms of public health interventions need to be focused.
Author(s): Pearce MS, Thomson WM, Walls AWG, Steele JG
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Dental Research
Date deposited: 07/05/2010
ISSN (print): 0022-0345
ISSN (electronic): 1544-0591
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
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