Search ATSINJ

ATSINJ Blog

Designed By

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander oral health and its impact among adults: a cross-sectional study.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander oral health and its impact among adults: a cross-sectional study.Related Articles

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander oral health and its impact among adults: a cross-sectional study.

Aust Dent J. 2016 Jul 5;

Authors: Schluter PJ, Askew DA, Spurling GK, Lee M, Hayman N

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Robust oral health epidemiological information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults is scant. Set within a large urban population, this study describes self-reported oral health behaviours, status and impact assessed through computerised Health Checks (HCs), stratified by age groups and sex, and identifies associations with dental appearance satisfaction.
METHODS: A cross-sectional study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults (aged 20+ years) attending the Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2015 who had HCs and provided research consent.
RESULTS: There were 945 patients, 466 (49.3%) female, with average age of 41.3 years (range: 20, 82 years). Overall, 97.3% owned a toothbrush and 56.2% brushed 2+ times/day. Despite self-reporting a significant oral health burden, only 28.8% visited a dentist within 12 months - mostly due to problems (84.3%). Surprisingly, only 28.4% reported dental appearance dissatisfaction; likely a result of community normalisation whereby people are resigned to poor oral health.
CONCLUSIONS: Under-utilisation of dental services remains problematic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. To close the oral heath gap, culturally appropriate, acceptable and safe integrated primary health systems, with co-located dental services, demand consideration. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

PMID: 27377961 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Read more http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27377961?dopt=Abstract