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Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark Pearce,
Professor Angus Walls,
Professor Louise Parker,
Emeritus Professor Jimmy Steele CBE
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The relative contributions of factors operating in fetal life, childhood, and adulthood to the risk of disease in middle age have become important research issues, but self-perceived oral health has rarely been considered in this context. This study investigated the impact of risk factors operating throughout life on self-perceived oral health, according to the Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP), at age 50 yrs in 305 individuals from the Newcastle Thousand Families cohort. Factors from early and adult life contributed to the OHIP scores, but in men, self-perceived oral health was mostly explained by factors operating early in life. In women, the number of teeth retained in adulthood had a more prominent impact. Lifecourse influences on oral-health-related quality of life appear different for men and women, which may have implications for the effectiveness of public health interventions and health promotion.
Author(s): Mason J, Pearce MS, Walls AWG, Parker L, Steele JG
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Dental Research
Print publication date: 01/03/2006
ISSN (print): 0022-0345
ISSN (electronic): 1544-0591
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
PubMed id: 16498074
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