The validity of self-reported oral health status in the elderly

J Public Health Dent. Fall 1991;51(4):220-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.1991.tb02218.x.


The validity of self-reported number of teeth was assessed in a random sample of 50 individuals aged 70+ by comparing self-reports in a telephone interview with results of a subsequent in-home examination by a dentist. There were no significant differences between self-report and examination data, nor was there any systematic under- or over-counting of teeth as the actual number of teeth increased. These data support the validity of self-reported dentition.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Boston
  • Dentition*
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Mandible
  • Maxilla
  • Oral Health*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self Disclosure*
  • Tooth Loss