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Factors Associated with Tooth Loss and Prosthodontic Status among Sudanese Adults

Factors Associated with Tooth Loss and Prosthodontic Status among Sudanese Adults

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Title: Factors Associated with Tooth Loss and Prosthodontic Status among Sudanese Adults
Author: Khalifa, Nadia; Allen, Patrick F.; Abu-bakr, Neamat H.; Abdel-Rahman, Manar E.
Abstract: A study was conducted to determine the degree of tooth loss, factors influencing tooth loss, and the extent of prosthodontic rehabilitation in Sudanese adults (≥ 16 years old) attending outpatient clinics in Khartoum State. Pearson and multivariate analyses were used to examine the relationships between tooth loss and specific characteristics determined through interviews and clinical examinations. The mean number of missing teeth was 3.6 (SD, 4.9) and the prevalence of edentulism was 0.1%. The prevalence of tooth loss (missing at least one tooth) was 78%; 66.9% of tooth loss was due to caries, and 11.2% was attributable to other reasons. Prosthetic replacement of missing teeth was evident in 3%, whereas a need for prosthetic replacement was evident in 57%. Having < 20 teeth was associated with age, gender, and socioeconomic status; tooth loss due to caries was associated with age, tribe, frequency of tooth-brushing, and a low rate of dental consultation. Tooth loss due to other reasons was associated with age, tribe, education, periodontal pocketing, tobacco use, tooth wear, and prosthetic status. The results of the present study indicated that the major cause of tooth loss was dental caries, thus emphasizing the importance of a public prevention-based healthcare program. Replacement of missing teeth was uncommon in the study subjects, which may reflect lack of access to this type of oral healthcare. (J Oral Sci 54, 303-312, 2012)
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/17796
Date: 2015-12-17


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