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How do factors at different stages of the lifecourse contribute to oral-health-related quality of life in middle age for men and women?

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

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Author(s): Mason J, Pearce MS, Walls AWG, Parker L, Steele JG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Dental Research

Year: 2006

Volume: 85

Issue: 3

Pages: 257-261

Print publication date: 01/03/2006

ISSN (print): 0022-0345

ISSN (electronic): 1544-0591

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.


DOI: 10.1177/154405910608500310

PubMed id: 16498074


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