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J Dent Sch GYEAR__, 31(1): 66-72 Back to browse issues page
Perceived oral health among adults in Tehran, Iran a telephone survey
Dr. Zahra Ghorbani, Dr. Mohammad Hossein Khoshnevisan, Corresponding Author: Dr. Arezoo Ebn Ahmady *
Assistant Professor Dept. of Community Oral Health , a.ebnahmady@sbmu.ac.ir
Abstract:   (4693 Views)

Objective: In comparison to clinical oral health indices, perceived oral health measures are less applied in large-scale epidemiological oral health studies in Iran. The aim of this study was to measure perceived oral health among adults in Tehran, Iran.

Methods: In this cross-sectional study, perceived oral health was measured in 1100 adults in Tehran by two measures: 1- non-replaced extracted teeth, and 2- revised Rand dental health questions including pain, chewing problems and communication problems. Data was gathered by telephone interview using gender, age and level of education as socio-demographic information.

Results: The mean number of non-replaced extracted teeth was 1.28 with 53.8% of adults reporting no extracted teeth. Extracted teeth was significantly less in younger (p<0.001) and more educated people (p<0.001). Rand dental health scores increased by age (p<0.001) but had no significant changes in different educational levels. The three items of Rand dental health were highly correlated (p <0.01) with Chronbach’s Alpha=0.73 but were not correlated with extracted teeth.

Conclusion: Approximately half of Tehran adults have the experience of lacking one or more teeth, with a small group of them suffering from pain, chewing problems and communication problems.

Keywords: Oral health, Extracted teeth, quality of life, adults, Telephone survey, Iran
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Special
Received: 2013/05/18 | Accepted: 2013/08/31 | Published: 2013/08/31
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Ghorbani Z, Khoshnevisan M H, Ebn Ahmady A. Perceived oral health among adults in Tehran, Iran a telephone survey. J Dent Sch. 2013; 31 (1) :66-72
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