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Adult dental health survey: The condition of teeth in the UK in 1998 and implications for the future

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


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The latest of the decennial surveys of the United Kingdom was undertaken in 1998 by the Office of National Statistics in collaboration with the dental schools of the Universities of Birmingham, Dundee, Newcastle and Wales. Dentate adults in 1998 have fewer missing teeth and more sound and untreated teeth on average than in 1978. The average number of decayed teeth has dropped significantly from 1.9 in 1978 to 1.1 in 1998. The average number of filled teeth has remained fairly constant over the same time but its distribution has changed quite markedly towards older adults having more filled teeth than people of a similar age in the past whilst the reverse is true for younger adults. The overall trends are encouraging, but there is a need to review the way disease is managed in adults in the United Kingdom. © British Dental Journal 2000.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Steele J; Nunn J; Morris J; Pine C; Pitts NB; Bradnock G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2000

Volume: 189

Issue: 12

Pages: 639-644

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4800853

PubMed id: 11191176


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