Dental caries experience in young Australian Army recruits 2008

Hopcraft, M. S., Yapp, K. E., Mahoney, G. and Morgan, M. V. (2009) Dental caries experience in young Australian Army recruits 2008. Australian Dental Journal, 54 4: 316-322. doi:10.1111/j.1834-7819.2009.01156.x


Author Hopcraft, M. S.
Yapp, K. E.
Mahoney, G.
Morgan, M. V.
Title Dental caries experience in young Australian Army recruits 2008
Journal name Australian Dental Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0421
1834-7819
Publication date 2009-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2009.01156.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 54
Issue 4
Start page 316
End page 322
Total pages 7
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Formatted abstract
Background: Recent studies have shown a substantial decline in caries experience in Australian Army recruits between 1996 and 2002-2003, and in Australian adults between 1987-1988 and 2004-2006. However, studies in children have reported an increasing trend in caries experience between 1998 and 2002. The aim of this study was to investigate caries experience in Australian Army recruits in 2008.
Methods: A cross-sectional study involving 1084 Australian Army recruits was conducted from January to May 2008. Data were obtained from a clinical dental examination with bitewing radiographs, and a questionnaire elicited sociodemographic data and history on lifetime exposure to fluoridated drinking water.
Results: Mean DMFT scores were 3.16, 4.08, 5.16 and 7.11 for recruits aged 17-20, 21-25, 26-30 and 31-35 years, respectively. Recruits with a lifetime exposure to fluoridated drinking water had a mean DMFT of 3.02, while recruits with no exposure had a mean DMFT of 3.87.
Conclusions: Caries experience in Australian Army recruits aged 17-25 years increased between 2002-2003 and 2008. Recruits with lifetime exposure to fluoridated drinking water had 25 per cent less caries experience compared with recruits who had no exposure to fluoridated drinking water after adjusting for the effects of age, gender, education and socioeconomic status.
Keyword Adults
Caries experience
DMFT
Epidemiology
Fluoridation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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