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Oral health status of homeless men in Brisbane


Dental Care Research Centre, Indooroopilly School Dental Clinic, Taringa Parade, Indooroopilly, Qld., 4068


Abstract A survey of a sample of homeless men in Brisbane, Australia, was made to determine the prevalence of oral diseases and conditions, and attitudes to dental health and dental treatment. Twentynine per cent were completely edentulous; the mean number of extracted teeth was 15.4 with a monotonic increase in tooth loss with increasing age. Despite lack of oral hygiene, complex periodontal therapy was needed for less than one-tenth of the men. Eighty-four per cent regarded their general health as satisfactory to very good, while 58 per cent were happy with their dental health, and only seven per cent sought dental treatment regularly.