The oral health of ageing baby boomers: a comparison of adults aged 45–64 and those 65 years and older
Article first published online: 5 DEC 2012
© 2012 The Gerodontology Society and John Wiley & Sons A/S
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 123–135, June 2014
How to Cite
doi: 10.1111/ger.12022 The oral health of ageing baby boomers: a comparison of adults aged 45–64 and those 65 years and older
- Issue published online: 6 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 5 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 OCT 2012
- oral health;
- root caries
To compare the oral health status of adults aged 45–64 (baby boomers) and those aged 65 and older.
An observational, cross-sectional survey of adults living independently in rural and urban settings in Nova Scotia, Canada was conducted. Using random digit dialing, calibrated interviewers completed a telephone survey, and clinicians calibrated to WHO standards conducted clinical examinations. Weighting was used to correct for sampling bias.
747 community dwelling adults completed both the clinical exam and the questionnaire (n = 411, age 45–64; n = 336, age 65 or older). Rates of edentulism were low (2.6% aged 45–64; 15.7% aged 65+; p < 0.001). Untreated root caries was greater in the older dentate group (19.7 vs. 10.1%; p < 0.001). Being 65 years of age or older was identified as a predictor of increased decayed, missing, filled teeth, presence of decayed and/or filled roots and presence of attachment loss ≥4 mm, but was not a significant predictor of presence of untreated coronal caries.
A falling rate of edentulism and a higher risk for root caries with increasing age may predict the need for more complex dental care as our population ages.