The oral health status, dental needs and factors affecting utilisation of dental services in Asians aged 55 years and over, resident in Southampton

Br Dent J. 1991 May 25;170(10):369-72. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4807551.


A socio-dental investigation was carried out in Southampton among 195 Asians of Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin, aged 55 years and over, in order to assess their oral health status and identify factors which might affect their uptake of dental services. The majority of subjects (70%) were dentate; 69% were in need of periodontal treatment and 29% required extractions due to advanced periodontal involvement. Despite the fact that many subjects held positive attitudes towards dental health, less than 15% attended the dentist on a regular basis. The remaining subjects felt that it was not necessary to do so unless they were in pain or required new dentures.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bangladesh / ethnology
  • Communication Barriers
  • DMF Index
  • Dental Care for Aged*
  • Dental Caries / epidemiology
  • Dental Caries / ethnology*
  • Dental Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • England / epidemiology
  • England / ethnology
  • Ethnicity*
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • India / ethnology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oral Health
  • Pakistan / ethnology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Periodontal Diseases / epidemiology
  • Periodontal Diseases / ethnology*
  • Sampling Studies
  • Social Behavior