This study is part of a larger project funded by the Office of Research and Demonstrations, US Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), #95-C-99165/9-01. The total (direct and indirect) costs of the six-year project, which ended April 30,1994, are estimated to be $1,932,000. Total reimbursements for Medicare-waived services were $404,300. HCFA is funding 100 percent of the total costs. A paper was presented on July 2,1992, at the International Association of Dental Research meeting, Glasgow, Scotland.
Factors Affecting Self-ratings of Oral Health
Version of Record online: 27 APR 2007
Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Volume 55, Issue 4, pages 197–204, September 1995
How to Cite
Matthias, R. E., Atchison, K. A., Lubben, J. E., De Jong, F. and Schweitzer, S. O. (1995), Factors Affecting Self-ratings of Oral Health. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 55: 197–204. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.1995.tb02370.x
- Issue online: 27 APR 2007
- Version of Record online: 27 APR 2007
- Manuscript received: 4/19/94; returned to authors for revision: 7/13/94; accepted for publication: 1/17/95.
- patient ratings of dental health;
- oral health status;
- geriatric dentistry
Objectives: The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship of self-rated oral health to a comprehensive battery of clinical, sociodemographic, physical health, and mental health measures in a well-elderly urban population. Methods: Results are based on telephone interviews and clinical assessments of 550 subjects over 65 years of age participating in a Los Angeles-based Medicare project during 1990. Subjects were mostly female, white (89%), with above-average income. Results: Findings show that: (1) the DMF measure is not as strongly related to self-rated oral health as was a single measure of missing teeth; (2) the major predictors of self-rated oral health were “worry about teeth” and “appearance of teeth” followed by total missing teeth, race, education, and depression scores; and (3) self-rated general health is related to self-rated oral health. Conclusion: Self-rated oral health may be, for older adults, a better measure of “health” than of “morbidity.”