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Lifecourse Socio-economic Mobility and Oral Health in Middle Age

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark PearceORCiD, 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.

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Author(s): Pearce MS, Thomson WM, Walls AWG, Steele JG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Dental Research

Year: 2009

Volume: 88

Issue: 10

Pages: 938-941

Date deposited: 07/05/2010

ISSN (print): 0022-0345

ISSN (electronic): 1544-0591

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/0022034509344524


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