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Adult Dental Health Survey 2009: Transformations in British Oral Health 1968-2009

from British Dental Journal

This series of four papers reports and interprets the findings of the Adult Dental Health Survey 2009, published in early 2011. This is the fifth in a series of surveys repeated every decade since 1968. The evolution of the surveys and the way the supporting methodology has changed to meet the changing needs and circumstances over the last 40 years is described. In 1968, 37 percent of adults in England and Wales were edentate. By 2009, only 6 percent of the combined population of England, Wales and Northern Ireland were edentate. Among the dentate in 1968, there were a mean of 21.9 teeth. By 2009, not only had the dentate increased by 30 percentage points as a fraction of the population, but the number of teeth in this group had also increased by nearly four teeth on average to 25.7. more

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