BDA Positive On Improvements In Adults' Dental Health, UK

Commenting on the preliminary findings from the 2009 Adult Dental Health Survey (ADHS) published recently, the British Dental Association has given a positive reception to the continuing improvements seen in adults' oral health. The report shows that adults are retaining at least some of their natural teeth later into life. Additionally, the report found that 86 per cent of adults had 21 or more natural teeth. In 1978, this was the case for only 74 per cent of adults.

The BDA's Scientific Adviser, Professor Damien Walmsley, said:

"This survey confirms that the condition of people's teeth overall has got much better since this survey was first carried out. Fluoride toothpaste, greater awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and regular visits to the dentist have all undoubtedly contributed to the better dental health we see in adults today.

"While the growing number of patients retaining more of their teeth into later life is, of course, excellent news, this improvement brings its own challenges. The way that teeth are cared for will need to evolve to ensure that these challenges are met."

The report also confirms the relationship between low socio-economic status and poorer oral health. Professor Walmsley continued:

"Depressingly, this report also confirms what we know about the strong link between social deprivation and poor oral health. Addressing this must be a priority for the UK's governments."


1. The reports can be viewed here.


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