Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences
Piracicaba Dental School - UNICAMP
Vol. 12, No. 3, 2013, pp. 178-183
Bioline Code: os13036
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2013, pp. 178-183
© Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences
Workers oral health: a cross-sectional study|
Batista, Marília Jesus; Rihs, Lílian Berta & de Sousa, Maria da Luz Rosário
Adults and elderly usually present an expressive tooth loss in household epidemiologic studies.
Few studies were found to report oral health conditions in economically active adults.
describe the oral health status of adult workers in an extended range age (20-64 years old) of a
Methods: This cross-sectional survey was conducted in a company in the
state of São Paulo. A total of 386 workers aged 20 to 64 years old were examined following the
guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization (1997) with respect to caries, treatment
needs for caries, and need and use of dental prostheses. Age was stratified into groups for
analysis. A descriptive analysis was performed and tooth loss rate was calculated. Kruskal Walis
and Tukey’s tests were used for the evaluation of differences in DMTF and chi-square test was
used for treatment needs.
Results: The mean DMFT was 14.6 (± 8.3), and differences were
found among the 3 groups, mainly due to missing teeth. DMFT was 10.8 (±6.95) in the 20-34-
year-old group, 19.6 (±6.13) in the 35-44-year-old group and 22.1(±7.32) in the 45-64-yearold
group. Significant differences in tooth loss rate were observed between the age groups (tooth
loss rate ranged from 18% to 81%). Among the adults, 53.5% had treatment needs for caries.
Conclusions: The younger adult workers in this study showed better oral conditions and an
increase in tooth loss was observed in the older individuals. Considering common risk approach,
dentistry should work together with health promotion for the studied population of workers in
order to meet the oral treatment needs and prevent new tooth losses.
adults; occupational health; epidemiology; oral health
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