Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jing Shen,
Professor John Wildman
This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley , 2018.
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Objectives: Dental diseases are the most common chronic diseases worldwide. Healthy teeth arevital for quality of life, particularly diet and nutrition. However, little information exists toinform health policy makers about potentially long-lasting influences of early life conditions.The purpose of this study was to investigate the relation between early life socioeconomicconditions and number of natural teeth at age 50 and above. Methods: Analyses were conductedon cross-sectional data from the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHAREwave 5), which includes information on 60,674 respondents aged 50 years or older from 14European countries and Israel. Using SHARE life history information, a series of regressionmodels (OLS, Tobit) were estimated to analyse the relationship between socioeconomicconditions in earlier life and the number of teeth at age 50+. Results: Childhood socioeconomicbackground was associated with the number of natural teeth at age 50 and above, even aftercontrolling for current determinants of oral health. Respondents who had had more than 25books in their childhood household had a mean 1.4 (95% CI: 1.2-1.5) more teeth thanrespondents with fewer books. Respondents who reported poor financial conditions duringchildhood had a mean 0.6 (95% CI: 0.3-0.9) fewer teeth than respondents who reported betterfinancial conditions in childhood. Conclusion: These findings substantiate the associationbetween socioeconomic conditions in the early years of life and tooth retention to olderadulthood and highlight the long-lasting relation between childhood living conditions and oralhealth through the lifecourse.
Author(s): Listl S, Broadbent J, Thomson MT, Stock C, Shen J, Steele J, Wildman J, Heilmann A, Watt RG, Tsakos G, Peres MA, van der Heijden G, Jurges H
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Print publication date: 01/02/2018
Online publication date: 19/09/2017
Acceptance date: 02/08/2017
ISSN (electronic): 1600-0528
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