Trends in dentate status and preventive dental visits of the adult population in Denmark over 30 years (1987-2017)

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This study analyzed the trend in self-reported dentate status over 30 years (1987-2017) among Danish adults, the self-reported frequencies of preventive dental visits undertaken annually during the period 1987-2013, and the self-reported use of the 2016 recall scheme for preventive dental check-ups. The impact of social determinants (education, employment, civil status, and ethnic background) on these dental outcome variables in 2017 was explored. Questionnaire data were obtained from the Danish Health and Morbidity Surveys conducted from 1987-2017, and they were analyzed by tri-variate frequency distributions and multivariate analyses. The prevalence of complete tooth loss was 17.7% in 1987 but 3.4% in 2017. The frequency of adults having 20 or more teeth grew markedly from 1987 (65.9%) to 2017 (85.1%). Educational inequality in dentate status persisted over the period. The frequency of preventive dental visits at least annually increased from 1987 to 2013, although visits were less frequent for young people. In 2017, preventive dental check-ups were reported in intervals: less than 12 months (56.4%), 12-18 months (18.9%), 19-24 months (4.8%), and more than 24 months (5.2%). In 2017, dentate status and preventive dental check-ups varied profoundly by social determinants. In conclusion, social policies should be implemented to tackle the persistent inequities in dentate status and public health policies should target Universal Health Coverage.

TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Oral Sciences
Udgave nummer5
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2021

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