Spec Care Dentist 32(6): 234–241, 2012
Prevalence of oral health problems in U.S. adults, NHANES 1999–2004: exploring differences by age, education, and race/ethnicity
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2012
© 2012 Special Care Dentistry Association and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Special Care in Dentistry
Volume 32, Issue 6, pages 234–241, November/December 2012
How to Cite
Kim, J. K., Baker, L. A., Seirawan, H. and Crimmins, E. M. (2012), Prevalence of oral health problems in U.S. adults, NHANES 1999–2004: exploring differences by age, education, and race/ethnicity. Special Care in Dentistry, 32: 234–241. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2012.00280.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2012
- oral health;
- age pattern
Using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) 1999–2004, the authors examined age patterns in oral health indicators by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status related to edentulism, presence of root caries, and periodontal disease. Our analysis included subjects who were non-Hispanic White, Mexican American, and African American over the age of 20, and who participated in the NHANES oral health examination. African Americans experienced more oral health problems at younger ages; as age increased, so did racial disparities in oral health problems. Lower educational attainment was strongly associated with more oral health problems at all ages.
These results may indicate a faster progression of oral health problems with age among African Americans, thus suggesting that the “earlier aging” of members of racial/ethnic minorities which has been reported in prior research may also be found in oral health.