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Titre du document / Document title

Oral health in rural and remote western australian indigenous communities : A two-year retrospective analysis of 999 people

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

SMITH K. ; KRUGER E. (1) ; DYSON K. ; TENNANT M. ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) The Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009, AUSTRALIE

Résumé / Abstract

Aim: Remoteness is a significant factor determining the level of basic health, education and infrastructure services to which Aboriginal people have access. This study examines the oral health status and oral health behaviours of Aboriginal people attending rural and remote dental clinics. Methods: Data were collected as part of routine delivery of dental services in five rural and remote dental clinics. Results: The average DMFT score of patients in all the clinics was 8.5 (sd 6.6). Advanced periodontal disease (a CPI score of 3 and/or 4) was present in 60.8% of all patients. Almost 88% of patients had experienced toothache in the previous six months. Almost a third (31.4%) of people could not remember the last time they went to the dentist. Less than half of the people reported brushing their teeth daily (40.4%) with 37.9% cleaning occasionally. A total of 52.4% of patients identified themselves as a 'smoker' of tobacco products. Past smokers accounted for 10.5% of the participants. The most common self-reported reason for visiting the clinic was for 'hole in tooth/fillings required' (37.4%), followed by 'pain/urgent problem' (24.8%). Conclusions: This study emphasises the urgent need for the development of strategies targeting Aboriginal oral health, both as stand alone, and as part of a multifactorial risk factor approach where oral health is integral to general health activities.

Revue / Journal Title

International dental journal    ISSN  0020-6539 

Source / Source

2007, vol. 57, no2, pp. 93-99 [7 page(s) (article)] (22 ref.)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

FDI World Dental Federation, Genève, SUISSE  (1950) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Stomatology

;

Oceania

;

Bucco-dental health

;

Dentistry

;

Retrospective

;

Community

;

Australia

;

Aboriginal

;

Public health

;

Rural environment

;

Rural area

;

Oral cavity

;

Dental disease

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Stomatologie

;

Océanie

;

Santé bucco-dentaire

;

Dentisterie

;

Rétrospective

;

Communauté

;

Australie

;

Aborigène

;

Santé publique

;

Milieu rural

;

Zone rurale

;

Cavité buccale

;

Dent pathologie

;

Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Estomatología

;

Oceania

;

Salud bucodental

;

Odontología

;

Retrospectiva

;

Comunidad

;

Australia

;

Aborigen

;

Salud pública

;

Medio rural

;

Zona rural

;

Cavidad bucal

;

Diente patología

;

Mots-clés d'auteur / Author Keywords

Dental health

;

Aboriginal oral health

;

rural and remote

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 9752, 35400014704234.0060

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